Wealth and greed cause many of the problems in The Great Gatsby. The book involves relationships that develop because of money and the impact it has on the characters and the way they treat each other. There’s big houses, very nice cars and a rich lifestyle. In the beginning money is the key to a fancy life and great wild parties. In the end, it brings everyone down and the money creates more problems than it’s really worth.
Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan love each other. But money becomes a problem when Daisy tells Gatsby that he isn’t rich enough for her. Gatsby spends years making money by becoming a bootlegger. He believed that he could buy Daisy’s love. Daisy had told him that rich girls don’t marry poor boys. So Jay Gatsby became a very wealthy man after Daisy’s rejection and marriage to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby wants his old life with Daisy back so much that he uses illegal ways to get his money. He chose a life of heartache and illegal behavior to get a woman back, who in the end, he never even got back. He looses everything, not just Daisy but also his life.
Gatsby’s parties can also be seen as a symbol of wealth and power. Every weekend, Jay Gatsby, threw lavish parties in an attempt to attract Daisy’s attention. At these parties there were many people, most hadn’t been invited and didn’t know Gatsby. These people used Gatsby for his money. Klipspringer, even stayed permanently at Gatsby’s house after a party. They thought if they were at these parties, they would be happy, more rich and feel perfect. After Gatsby’s death none of these people attended his funeral because he wasn’t useful to them any more.
After first glancing at The Great Gatsby, it didn't seem as if any similarities between the wealthy, dainty Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby's worship, and Myrtle Wilson, the bawdy, mechanic's wife who was having an affair with Daisy's husband. In fact, it was felt that there was no comparison at all, because I felt that other than sharing an abhorable man, there was nothing else to look at. ...
Gatsby wasn’t the only character in The Great Gatsby that was effect by wealth. George Wilson, a man who lived in the Valley Of Ashes with his wife, Myrtle, is also the victim of wealth. This community is full of poverty, its a industrial wasteland. This area is the total opposite of where wealthy Daisy and Gatsby live. Wilson owns a gas station and his wife is Tom Buchanan’s lover. Myrtle becomes part of Tom’s rich lifestyle and is drawn in by the money. She anticipates to leave Wilson, but instead gets killed. Myrtle runs into the street and is hit by Gatsby’s car. Wilson then kills himself, but not until he kills Gatsby first. Unlike most of the characters in this story, Wilson isn’t wealthy and corrupted by his own money. But the wealth and greed of other people causes his death.
The Great Gatsby is a story about wealth, greed, and riches, and what it does to relationships and what affect it has on the communities. In the end, Myrtle, Wilson and Gatsby die. Nick and everyone else moves to get away from the lives that were ruined and destroyed by wealth. Money is not a terrible thing, but the more money people seem to have than the more problems they seem to have in their lives.