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The Great Gasby - Money Can't Buy Happiness

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Money Can't Buy Happiness

During the 1920s, money can buy everything in the society. There are many monopolies in the economic world. During this time, money rules over love and human's emotions. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald shows Gatsby gives the love to Daisy is beaten by money. Daisy is a rich, beautiful woman who marries to Tom Buchanan. Daisy's world is all about being rich so the love emotions in her die away as time passes by. Gatsby is a gentleman who loves Daisy in her earlier age. However, the love between Gatsby and Daisy starts to crumble when he has to go to war. The tragic love story begins when Gatsby comes back for Daisy. In the novel The Great Gatsby, the characters Jordan, Daisy, and Gatsby cannot use money to buy happiness.

Being a professional golf player, Jordan Baker had everything she wants by buying it, yet she still not happy with everything she has. Jordan is one of the minor characters that make the novel more interesting but she plays a big role in Nick's life. While Jordan relaxes at Daisy's house, Jordan starts to get bored of her rich life. Jordan said, "‘I'm stiff,' she complains. ‘I've been lying on the sofa far as long as I can remember'" (15) when Nick comes to visit Daisy. As long as Jordan has everything she wants, she is getting bored of her because she has nothing to do but lying on the couch all day long. Jordan starts her life as a professional golfer. Therefore, she is widely known in society yet there are many rumors that she cheated. Jordan could have gone to the media to shape up her image but even she does that, she would not be able to gain any respect from anyone. Nick's comment about Jordan is "she was incurably dishonest. She wasn't able to endure being at disadvantage, and given this unwillingness I suppose she had begun dealing in the subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard jaunty body"(63). This shows that Jordan lies and cheats so much that she cannot gain any respect, even if she tries to give money to people. More importantly, she cannot gain any respect and trust from Nick. In the novel, Jordan is the only female that does not fools around to have an affair with many men. From that thought, she thinks she is better than Daisy and Myrtle. When Jordan meets Nick, she thinks that she can get Nick easily with her money and her beauty, yet as more tragic happens, Nick loses his interests in her. From Nick's point of view, he said, "we talked like that for a while and abruptly we weren't talking any longer. I don't know which of us hung up but I know that I didn't care" (163). Even when Jordan has all the money and beauty, she cannot buy Nick to love her as she would like to. Jordan starts her life beautifully with love yet now her life starting


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