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Claire 1 Claire Mitchell Mr. Bishop ENG3U May 8, 2019 Materialism in The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald casts many characters as materialistic, wealthy people of the 1920’s to express the flaws associated with materialism. In consequence of the characters actions, materialism is the demise of happiness. Through Fitzgerald's writing materialistic ideals are evident through various actions such as Gatsby displaying his wealth in hopes of impressing Daisy, Daisy’s regret of leaving Gatsby for Tom after learning of his success, and the lack of guests at Gatsby’s funeral. In Daisy’s mind money, possessions, and wealth is mistaken or sometimes is used as a substitute for happiness. In chapter 4 Jordyn speaks to Nick and reveals that Daisy once fell deeply in love with Gatsby and promised to wait for Gatsby before he left for war. Daisy goes back on her word and marries Tom Buchanan a wealthy man 6 months after Gatsby left for the war. The day before the wedding Tom “gave her (Daisy) a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars”(82). Jordyn explains that the night before the wedding Daisy was distraught, sitting in bathtub with a letter from Gatsby in one hand, and Tom’s pearls in the other. The next day she marries Tom. This action leads me to believe that Daisy chose a life of wealth and security over a fortune of love and happiness that Gatsby could provide her with. In chapter 9 Tom returns to a jewelry store to buy another pearl necklace. This is interpreted to show that Tom is trying to prove that he is still the rich man who was able to keep Daisy due to
Claire 2 her materialistic ideals. Daisy breaks down in tears after Gatsby shows off his ridiculously expensive collection of shirts she begins to cry because "she has never seen such beautiful shirts" (118). At this point of time in the story Daisy is filled with emotions of regret, and adoration for Gatsby. Daisy is starting to realize that she could've had both the man and the lifestyle that she desired. Daisy is regretful that she gave into her materialistic ideals by marrying Tom and not holding true to her word of waiting for Gatsby. It is unique that Daisy only begins her affair with