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A lot of people get so hung up on what they cant have that they dont think for a second about whether they really want it This quote from Lionel Shriver describes how materialistic desires can become ones obsession eventually stifling the image of what should be put as utmost importance in life During the 1920s having possession of materialistic wealth was common among most people but did not offer them true happiness Instead of materialisms temporary happiness one is not fully and permanently happy without love In the Novel The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald portrays the prevalence of materialism through the character Daisy Buchanan a woman whose morals are not set straight Finding wealth over love more satisfying Daisy risks what could have been a life of passionate love and happiness with Gatsby to fulfill her greedy materialistic wishes through Tom Buchanan As Daisys meaningless marriage with Tom makes them both clearly unhappy they posses material wealth which is a significant quality for Daisy Although Daisys empty marriage with Tom does not leave her completely unhappy she makes it evident that her materialistic needs rank higher than a true love in which she could have with Jay GatsbyWithin Daisy and Toms relationship the only true connection they have is the fact that they both came from material wealth Daisy marries Tom for financial stability not love because she is too materialistic and impatient to wait for true love with poor Gatsby as Gatsby sates She only married you because I was poor Fitzgerald 130 Although love seems like it has some sort of impact on Daisy she still chose Tom over Gatsby because Gatsby could not support them both displaying her materialistic needs positioned higher than love Even Gatsby acknowledges Daisys materialistic ways admitting Her voice is full of money120 Not only does Daisy choose Tom she also never shows up to Gatsbys funeral but instead runs away on a lavish vacation with Tom
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