What message do you think Fitzgerald was trying to convey to his reader about the relationships that were affected by wealth or stature in The Great Gatsby? What message do you think Fitzgerald was...

What message do you think Fitzgerald was trying to convey to his reader about the relationships that were affected by wealth or stature in The Great Gatsby?

What message do you think Fitzgerald was trying to convey to his reader about the relationships that were affected by wealth or stature in The Great Gatsby?

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Our sense of humanity can be blunted and distorted by artificial desires and misguided values. I think this is one of the messages of the novel.

Gatsby almost literarally loses himself in the pursuit of wealth. Daisy is prepared to leave her husband, in part, because Gatsby has such beautiful shirts. Love becomes just another facet of the material fixations embodied in so many of the characters.

So, to be more direct, we might say that the comment here is not that wealth destroys relationships but an exaggerated value placed on the pursuit and possession of wealth can lead to a more general distortion of values.

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I agree with my colleagues. Good literature transcends time because it reveals truth about human nature, something that does not change over time. The Great Gatsby has no healthy, enduring relationships in it--not between families and certainly not between spouses. (The only possible exception is Nick 's relationship with his family; however, they are not a factor in the story.) ...

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