In The Great Gatsby, how is Jay Gatsby greedy?
If Gatsby's greedy for anything, it's social respectability. He has the money, the mansion, the flashy car, the expensive shirts, all the outward trappings of success, but what he doesn't have is acceptance from the social elite. Tragically for him, he never will. Sure, the beautiful people of East Egg will gladly descend on Gatsby's lavish parties like a plague of locusts, eating his food, drinking his alcohol, and generally taking full advantage of their host's legendary hospitality. But what they won't do—what they'll never do, in fact—is accept Gatsby as one of their own.
Daisy Buchanan is a symbol of Jay's greed for social acceptance. No matter how much he wants her, how much he tries to impress her, he's fighting a losing battle. Gatsby's come a long way in...
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