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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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Remember the old saying “money doesn’t buy happiness”? According to my reading of this classic novel, that is Fitzgerald’s fundamental message. For all the money that Jay Gatsby has—for all his flashy suits and the wild parties that he regularly throws—he still does not succeed in winning Daisy’s love.

On a similar note, Fitzgerald also makes the point that marrying for money does not buy happiness. In their younger years, Daisy rejected Gatsby’s advances because he was not of sufficient means for her liking. Instead, she married Tom and barely had time to blink in the aftermath of their wedding before he began cheating on her.

For all the glitz, glamour, and roaring-20s ambiance portrayed in this novel, the reader is forced to ask if any of the characters are truly happy. Tom and Daisy are clearly both unhappy in their marriage. Jay spends his life attempting to show off the wealth that he amassed (via very questionable means) in an attempt to win Daisy’s love, and Myrtle...

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