Human beings often crave or pursue happiness. It makes sense to chase things that provide people with feeling better as a result of an action, it is the basic foundation of the human brain. It is a shame that no matter how vigorously people try, bliss or long-lasting happiness is rare. People chase things that they truly believe will promise happiness only to have all of their efforts fall short in the end.
In Fitzgerald’s fictional novel, The Great Gatsby, multiple characters try to pursue a kind of “American Dream”, which could be referred to as pursuing happiness, but they all fail. When Daisy married Tom she was not thinking about how much she loved him, that is not important to her. Daisy, being in desire of quick and easy happiness, decides to marry Tom instead of waiting for Gatsby to return from the war. After all what is some petty “love” when money makes you happy, right? Jordan points to the fact that Daisy is not happy with her marriage to Tom, “She groped around in a waste-basket she had with her on the bed and pulled out the string of pearls.
“Take ’em down-stairs and give ’em back to whoever they belong to. Tell ’em all Daisy’s change’ her mind. Say: ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!”” (Pg. 76) When Daisy is drunk she lets out her true feelings. She is still in love with Gatsby, and does not want to marry Tom. The next day she goes off and marries Tom, sealing herself off from the end goal of happiness. When with Gatsby, Daisy sees “such beautiful shirts, it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.
” (Pg. 92) Daisy comes to the cold realization that she married for money, not love. Daisy now knows that if she had waited for Gatsby she could have money, but more importantly Daisy could have had the love of her life.
Her thought process of money equating to happiness ultimately destroyed her chances of achieving it.Gatsby puts a ton of effort in his outward appearance for others. He pours all his time and energy to make everything to look perfect, all for Daisy. Daisy always had money and Gatsby felt that in order to get Daisy, he needed to have money so that he could give Daisy what she married Tom for. He longs for Daisy’s approval and recognition. Gatsby wants everything to be absolutely flawless when he meets Daisy for the first time in five years, so much that he becomes a completely different person. His hunt for Daisy took over his whole world. He feels he needs to have an mansion, money, and throw extravagant parties so he could have enough faith himself to get Daisy.
Sadly, he never ends up obtaining his dream of having Daisy. “”Oh, you want too much!” she cried to Gatsby. “I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.
” She began to sob helplessly. “I did love him once – but I loved you too.”” (Pg. 132) His happiness was the old Daisy, but he never gets the chance to realise that the “old Daisy” gone for good.The desire for money is a powerful focus point in the novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald.
It was obvious that money was the main focus for most of the characters in the novel, but it only produced corruption and destruction. Most characters in the novel The Great Gatsby wanted money and happiness, and would do anything to obtain this. The Great Gatsby is a novel that demonstrates the American Dream in the 1920’s. Wealth not only caused characters to become completley different people but, has caused death as well. Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy were all victims of the crossfire from the false hopes of happiness brought by money.
Money will seemingly never be able to buy happiness, which is something that characters in the novel learned the hard way.