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Tom even describes Gatsby’s famous yellow car as a “circus wagon” (Fitzgerald 161). AlthoughGatsby remakes himself as thoroughly as he can, he still cannot become the one underlyingfactor needed to attain the woman he loves: he will never become old money nor gain the respectassociated with it. Gatsby survived World War I and the criminal underworld, he grabbed life bythe horns and took control, and yet the key to his happiness is utterly beyond his reach, whichmeans Daisy – representing old money – is utterly beyond his grasp.Gatsby lived in a cold, heartless world that cared nothing for justice. A world that madeclaims to fairness but really only further rewarded those who had already been rewarded. Onlythe idle rich, Jordan baker, Daisy and Tom Buchannan, and Nick Carraway survived. Theysurvived and they were allowed to continue on being reckless and careless. Nick writes,“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures andthen retracted back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was thatkept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (Fitzgerald230)The rich people - the old money – had all ended up fine in the end. Tom and Daisy stayedtogether and ended up alright but George, Myrtle and Gatsby all end up dead due to Tom's
hatefulness and selfishness as well as Daisy's weak morality. They were never cruel or maliciouson purpose, they were just careless, like old wealthy individuals tend to be. They never cared toomuch about Myrtle, Gatsby, their daughter or even each other. Tom and Daisy’s inability to careis in some ways were more monstrous that outright cruelty would have been. To live without acare in the world is what the American dream is supposed to be. Everyone wants a care free life,and Fitzgerald showed us the horror of this care free lifestyle.A scene in the novel that bestdescribes Fitzgerald’s view on carelessness is the drunk driving scene (Fitzgerald 73). Despitebeing set during prohibition, a man got in an accident shortly after getting into his car, and eventhough one of the wheels had fallen off the car, he kept trying to drive it. To Fitzgerald that hadbecome what the American dream was all about. Everyone wanted enough money to driveluxurious cars and enough whiskey to crash them.The characters in The Great Gatsby were not terribly likable nor was the story moving orcompelling if it was solely read about a group of individuals who were greatly disliked.Fitzgerald handled this problem by heightening the language, including subtle hidden thoughtsand adding symbolism to invoke a deeper meaning. The novel includes many jarring descriptionssuch as, Daisy’s voice sounding “full of money” (Fitzgerald 160) or clever hidden concepts suchas the narrator’s name: he is a neutral observer and his last name is Carraway – Care Away.In

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