Role Of Materialism In The Great Gatsby

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Great Gatsby When Lehan criticizes Fitzgerald’s work, he starts off by saying that the greatness of a book cannot be measured, but only from your perspective. Fitzgerald had a rough start to his career, struggling for money, he wrote short stories for a newspaper; which isn’t good in the eyes of critics. He worked hard to pull together the workings of what became a huge successful novel depicting life in the 1920’s, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald created a character that was determined and ambitious, a poor young soul, Gatsby. Gatsby had financial troubles; which led him into the world of money and soon destruction. Nick becomes very interested in Gatsby and doesn’t realize how easily he was pulled into his lifestyle of money and materialism. Fitzgerald is recognized for his detailed and back ended…show more content…
The main focus of this article is Gatsby being materialistic; although he has his ambition to blame for it; his motive is for the love of his life, Daisy Faye Buchanan. Lehan says that Nick sees Gatsby as a ‘portent of America’. Fitzgerald captures Gatsby as the image of the wealthy ‘nouveauriche’ man during the 1920’s. Lehan describes the book well by saying that it is constantly revealing new details the more he reads it. A point that Lehan brings up is the materialism throughout the novel; because without it there would be no background or reason for the story. Since Gatsby is from the West, where there were people trying to pursue their dreams and create a better life, Lehan makes the connection that once the frontier was destroyed, they had to move on to something more exciting in life. New York City was the destination for many people searching for the answer to all of their problems, which for many the answer was in money. Money was put as everyone’s top priority; such as Gatsby, using money and wealth to reach his ultimate vision he had planned. Lehan says “to reveal a man whose intensity of dream partook a state of mind that
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