This article is basically talking about what is greed, why we do it and what will come from having greed. It says we have greed because we live in a pampered society where some thing s get handed to us. Like Tom he was in a rich family so he automatically had money.
“Money” was written by Roger Waters and was released in 1973 as a single from Pink Floyd’s album “The Dark Side of the Moon”. Lyrically, the song is about all the bad things money can bring to you. “Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie,” is one of the famous lines in the song. I think it really represents people’s selfishness when it comes to fighting for equality. “Money, it’s a hit,” this was a line referring to money as being like a drug. Like in the movie Gatsby he was so obsessed with Daisy that he would buy anything and everything. People can become addicted and can’t really get enough of it. Also like Gatsby when he first saw Daisy and from there on it was all about her. Gatsby simply spended his whole life trying to get more and more when it just ended up being negative. When you feel the smell of money, people instantly change and are willing to do whatever it takes for more money.
The poem is about how you never know what will come back and get you. That's why you need to do good so nothing bad can come back. This is like when Gatsby came between Tom and Daisy and then he got him self-killed at the end. I feel that the valley of ashes really symbolized the underclass who's lifestyle is very different from the wealthy. It showed the difference between the poor and the wealthy good. It also shows how some of the people that lived there also wanted to achieve money like Mrytle. She lived there but she wanted Tom to get her out of that lifestyle because he has money.
In this article, they talked about how Greed is an excessive love or desire for money or any possession. A greedy person, Gatsby is too attached to his things and his money, or he desires more money and more things in an excessive way which is Daisy. Greed has unpleasant effects on our inner emotional lives. "His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked—and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts" pg 20. Wealth makes Tom "paternal". This explains how it affects your lives emotionally. The anxiety and restlessness we feel when we long for some possession, and the false assurance that upon gaining it we'll be put at ease and satisfied places us in a literally vicious circle.
From the article Money Greed and Barter of the Soul, it said "Greed is not a pretty word. It evokes unpleasant images and is always deleterious. Yet, it holds a pompous grip on many." Also "All kinds of greed are vulgar and ungainly and lead to trouble." This can relate to Daisy because, in the beginning, she would only go for the guy who was rich and had a lot of things. So then that brought pain and sadness to her life because she really didn't like Tom. On pg 3 "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." This shows how Daisy was criticizing Gatsby for him not having any money but now look what that brought her.
"The more that people love money, the more money they lose," says Suzanne Duncan, head of global research at State Street." I think that is very true because Gatsby ended up losing in the end maybe not his house and his things but his life. He spent all of his money on big things and ended up not getting what he really wanted. "There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens, men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and him champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon, I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his motor-boats slid the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains" pg 50. This just showed how wealth couldn't fill the hole in Gatsby's heart.