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What are the most obvious examples of greed in The Great Gatsby, and how did they ruin...

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nfenne | Honors

Posted November 12, 2011 at 9:36 PM via web

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What are the most obvious examples of greed in The Great Gatsby, and how did they ruin lives?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM (Answer #1)

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I would consider the most obvious example that of Daisy who wasn't capable of waiting until Gatsby got back from Europe and needed to feel the comfort and security of great wealth.  This was at least part of the reason she was attracted to Tom and it could certainly be argued that it ruined not only her life but Gatsby's as well.

Gatsby's greed and hunger for things he cannot have, such as the approval of Daisy and her crowd that can only come from having old money, or for Daisy herself leads to ruin for Gatsby and for Daisy in some ways.  You might also make the argument that it leads to ruin for Wilson and Myrtle as their great conflict leads at least in part to Myrtle's death on the road.

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