How can you relate the saying "Money can't buy happiness" to Gatsby's extravagant parties?
The saying "Money can't buy happiness" has considerable bearing on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as a whole, and this phrase is especially interesting when one considers the extravagant parties Jay Gatsby throws. Gatsby hosts luxurious parties that become premier social events among the posh residents of the East Egg district. The lavish extravaganzas are noted for their excess and the sheer scale and quality of his parties' supplies:
"At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby's enormous garden....In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another" (39-40).
Despite Gatsby's excessive generosity in throwing these parties, nobody knows Gatsby personally. Fitzgerald writes, "People were not invited--they went there" (41). Even though the guests enjoy themselves, Gatsby himself seems to derive no joy from these parties. He makes no personal connections through these events, and is ultimately unhappy despite his fabulous wealth. Indeed, Gatsby will never be happy and satisfied unless he obtains his romanticized relationship with Daisy. Therefore, Gatsby proves the adage "Money can't buy happiness."
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