“The say.” (4-10). Daisy uses Gatsby for her own

“The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.” 
These wise words were said by Rabindranath Tagore, a knowledgeable man, who once apprised that greed will do no good in the human world, it will only destroy everything human beings have created. During the time in history called the roaring twenties, society had a brand new obsession; money. After the great depression ended, peoples focus fell upon wealth and success in the economic realm. Wealth became the new stable in the “American Dream” that every person yearned for and chased after their entire lives. The novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is an award winning classic story that shows the misleading powers of wealth in a person’s life. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses his novel, The Great Gatsby, to portray the corruptive effects of wealth through his characters, the ultimate goal to achieve the American Dream, and how wealth affects relationships.
Many of the individuals in The Great Gatsby are influenced by wealth in some shape and form. Money plays the biggest role in the novel. Being “rich” is the equivalent to having power and having more rights as an individual. Gatsby’s disrepute comes from his enormous wealth, the same wealth that he has gathered to win Daisy over. Growing up, Gatsby is born into a very poor family. It is at 17, that Gatsby is determined to become rich, and struck out with a multimillionaire; Dan Cody, and never looked back at his family again. Jay Gatsby has done everything in his willpower to get Daisy back. He believes that getting rich would be the only way to do so because “rich girls don’t marry poor boys”. He builds a future for Daisy and himself where they can be together, but Daisy is only concerned about her status in society. She is very impressed with Gatsby’s success, and cheats on her husband Tom by having an extramarital affair with Gatsby. She makes Gatsby believe that they could have a future together, but that belief ends with Gatsby’s death. Daisy does not show up at Gatsby’s funeral, “I called up Daisy half an hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them. “Left no address?”, “No.” “Say when they’d be back?”, “No.” “Any idea where they are? How I  could reach them?”, “I don’t know. Can’t say.” (4-10). Daisy uses Gatsby for her own needs, and when he dies, she forgets he ever existed. Money does not buy love, but it can buy a lot of things- like the ability to have others clean up mess that one makes, like Tom had done. Tom Buchanan depicts lust, greed, pride, and anger. Tom shows greed in the form of an affair with another woman, who is not his wife. It shows corruption because he is disloyal. He also uses his wealth to be disloyal, knowing he can get any woman because he has lots of money. “Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself.” All of his wealth has gone to his head, making him very egotistical, resulting in him losing his morality. Tom comes from a very wealthy family, but he is shown to be very careless with his actions. All of the characters in The Great Gatsby are trying to maintain the reputation they have in society. They each want to live the American Dream. 
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States that originally involved “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity, traditionally held to be available to every American.” However, during the 1920s, this concept is more commonly interpreted as “a life of personal happiness and material comfort, as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.” This, to many, was seen as the ultimate goal, and a number of other fundamental values were ignored. In The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan was one of the most significant character who was affected by the American Dream, a Dream that her husband has promised to give to her. In the novel, Daisy chose to marry Tom because to her, he represented a secure social position and the wealth she was accustomed to. Daisy believes that Tom could make her happy because he represents things that make her happy, besides love, like material things and money. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy. They smashed things and creatures, then retreated back to their money and cast carelessness or whatever. It was that kept them together and let people clean up the mess they made” (179). While Gatsby is out at war, Daisy constantly becomes nervous with the thought of losing him. That is not part of the future she wants, it is not part of the Dream. Daisy is already rich, as she is old money. At the time, old money promised respect, stability, and power. Gatsby cannot prove that he can guarantee her all of those things despite not being from old money. Daisy eventually has to move on and marries Tom Buchanan. The night before the wedding she receives letters from Gatsby, although the content of those letters is unknown. “Here, dearest’.” She gropes around in a wastebasket she has with her on the bed and pulls out the string of pearls. “Take ’em down-stairs and give ’em back to whoever they belong to. Tell ’em all Daisy’s change’ her mind. Say: ‘Daisy’s change’ her mind!'” (129). When Daisy is drunk, she wants to change her mind and marry the man she is truly in love with; Gatsby. However, when she sobers up, she does what was expected of her; she marries the rich guy. Daisy is so caught up with the American Dream that she chooses wealth over true love, as she was designated to do so. 
Love, lust, and sex are a major motivations for almost every character in The Great Gatsby. Consequently, none of the relationships in the novel are healthy. Each character has gone through extreme sorrow, due entirely to their wealth. Tom and Daisy get married in 1919, and the reason for their marriage was that they both came from extremely wealthy families. “(Tom) came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Muhlbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” (75-76). Did Tom and Daisy ever love each other? From what is seen, their whole relationship is based on materialistic possessions. They like the power that comes with being with each other. Eventually they both cheat on each other, Tom cheats on Daisy with the poorest of them all; Myrtle. He believes he could get away with it because no one would believe a man with such wealth would go with Myrtle. On the other hand, Daisy cheats on Tom with Gatsby, her long lost “lover.” Daisy and Gatsby have the closest relationship to true love, in the book, but not exactly a perfect relationship. Daisy is in love with Gatsby, but her love is divided. “‘Even alone I can’t say I never loved Tom,’ she admitted in a pitiful voice. ‘It wouldn’t be true.'” (133). Gatsby is in love with Daisy, but he ends up having such high expectations for her that she cannot possibly live up to what he imagines. “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams – not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart” (152). This represents the excessive greed and materialism of the roaring 20’s, the obsession with material objects covered up the need for what money cannot buy; love. In The Great Gatsby, love is portrayed as an illusion that is overtaken by wealth, and this is evident throughout the relationships in the novel. 
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby during the roaring twenties, and set the book in the same era. The book itself is a representation of the willingness of a person to do anything for the sake of wealth, and how that willingness leads to their moral corruption. The corrupting power of wealth is shown through each of the individuals in the novel, through the pursuit of the American dream, and through the relationships of the characters.