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Supreme Court Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes once said In my thirty years of legal experience I have never witnessed money helping a victim although I have seen it pretending to help them In F Scott Fitzgeralds American masterpiece The Great Gatsby the main character Jay Gatsby attempts to rekindle his long-lost romantic relationship with Daisy Buchanan by flaunting his newfound wealth and success During the time Gatsby and Daisy were apart Gatsby works for and attains the American Dream-wealth and success Despite this Gatsby feels like he lacks love Thus he moves to Long Island and takes up residence across the bay from Daisy in the hopes that Daisy will become attracted to him and love him because of his wealth By describing vivid settings and relationships and by displaying ever-changing tones throughout The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald educates the reader about the myth that money fixes problems of the heart social problems and past problems Fitzgerald paints a portrait of 1920s social status by pointing differences between the residences of Gatsby and the Buchanans Gatsby represents new money and lives on the less exclusive West Egg Long Island Tom and Daisy Buchanan represent old money and live on the more exclusive East Egg Long Island In addition to separating the Eggs by social status the homes of Gatsby and the Buchanans differ as well The Buchanans live in an older more traditional estate Their house was even more elaborate than I expected a cheerful red and white Georgian colonial mansion overlooking the bay 11 On the other hand Gatsbys mansion is a newer home that was a factual imitation Hotel de Ville in Normandy with a tower on one side sparkling new under a thin beard of raw ivy 9 Case in point the old money like the Buchanans frown upon Gatsbys new money Love and the problems it causes presents itself as the major theme in Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby The love of Gatsby
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