The 1920’s, the era of materialism in which people mainly focuses on possession and their social class. In The Great Gatsby, the wealthy live a luxurious and materialistic lifestyle while the poor sought to live that lifestyle by climbing the social ladder. The wealthy can be reflected through Fitzgerald himself, once living a prosperous life until disaster struck and reversed his climb up the social ladder. The Fitzgerald used their wealth in order to obtain what they want when they want it.
Fitzgerald incorporated his life into the novel, which is represented by Daisy Buchanan’s materialistic lifestyle, Myrtle Wilson’s attempt to climb the social ladder, and the Buchanan’s time in France, in which he argues that people of the 1920’s are extremely greedy and possessive. The classes in the 1920’s are tainted due to greed, selfishness, and materialistic lifestyle. In The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, a character that appears to be innocent and pure, practices this materialistic lifestyle similar to Zelda, Fitzgerald’s wife.
Jay Gatsby, one of the main character in the novel, states “She only married you [Tom] because I was poor” (Fitzgerald 137). In the biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, the author states “ his paltry salary was not enough to convince Zelda to marry him, and tired of waiting for him to make his fortune, she broke their engagement in 1919his first novel made Scott rich within the year, and Zelda married him a week after its publication” (Willett). The fact that Daisy left Gatsby for Tom and his “old money” just shows how materialistic she is as a human being. Furthermore, her materialistic lifestyle indicates that she is extremely self-centered and greedy when it comes to money.
Similarly, Zelda did the same thing as Daisy, she only went back and married Fitzgerald because his first novel made him rich, which shows how selfish she is and how she only married him for his fame and fortune. Fitzgerald is commen…