This picture represents Daisy. It represents her because she was so caught up with her money it made her "sick". Materialism made her change who she was. She gave up Gatsby twice who was so good to her! She found out he was a criminal. Therefore, she thought differently about him and didn't like him anymore because she cares more about her status than anything else. Because of that, she was also one of the reasons Gatsby died. Daisy relies on her money and nice things to hide from her problems. For example, Daisy and Tom went on a trip as soon as they heard about Gatsby's death and didn't tell anybody where they were going and didn't give a number either.
This article connects to The Great Gatsby because it say that wealth plays a significant role in being materialistic. This is true because if Daisy didn’t marry rich and successful Tom and waited for Gatsby, she would have still been that same girl gatsby met five years ago. “She used to be able to understand. We’d sit for hours-” (109). The Great Gatsby shows how Daisy changed by explaining how she wore white when Gatsby first met her and now she wears gold and yellow. White represents innocents and gold represents corruption and wealth. The article also states that materialism can make you lose your perspective, money, and morals. This is also true because Daisy changed how she acted after she married Tom. The picture portrays The Great Gatsby because the girl that has everything is Daisy and the boy with nothing is Gatsby. The girl is taking away the boy’s only toy. I picture it as Daisy stealing all that Gatsby has left, his heart. She can’t be satisfied unless she hurts something or someone like when nick points out “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money” (179).
The song Material Girl by Madonna represents Daisy because the song title is literally material girl. In the song it says “Living in a material world and I am a material girl.” Daisy is the definition of a material girl. Madonna also sings, “Cause the boy with the cold hard cash is always mister right.” and “only boys who save their pennies make my rainy day.” Daisy chose to be with Tom because he had so much money and Gatsby didn’t. Also when she knew Gatsby had money she started falling for him again.
This article talks about the psychology behind materialism. It states different reasons on how materialism harms people. One example is that materialism leads to type- A behavior. This behavior includes competitiveness and aggression. These behaviors resemble Tom’s attitude because when he met Gatsby, he felt suspicious of Gatsby's wealth and success, so he looked him up to show that Gatsby wasn't better than him. Tom is also aggressive because he hit Myrtle just because she was saying Daisy’s name. Another example the article used was money can’t buy love/ happiness. Gatsby portrays this example because the only reason he has the money, the parties, and the big house is because he did those thing to impress Daisy. But in the end, he didn’t even get the love of Daisy. Huffpost reports that “Materialism is actually correlated with unhappiness in marriages.” This resembles Tom and Daisy’s relationship because The Great Gatsby states “Neither of them can stand the person they’re married to” (33).
This article states 21 facts about materialism in America. One fact Joshua Becker reveals is that, “The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year.” This reminded me of when Gatsby was throwing all of his shirts on his bed. Doing so, he started to realize that having so many shirts is excessive and it started to get out of hand. He was getting caught up in the shirts (like his money and parties) by throwing even more and more shirts, which ended up not working out in his favor. Another fact Joshua Becker presents is that, “Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ( $100 billion) than on higher education” Gatsby never spent any money on college, instead he chose to make his money illegally because he wanted to do anything he could so he could be super rich and have nice things for Daisy. Also, Tom won Daisy over just by giving her a very expensive gift. “And the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars” (76). That totals to about $4.7 million. Daisy chose to be persuaded by items and not what was in her heart. This was probably when Daisy started to turn into such a terrible person. Also, in the end of the story Nick runs into Tom while Tom is buying another pearl necklace. Which shows they will never change. They can't go back, the only life they are going to live from now on is materialistic. Joshua Becker also states that, “Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need.” Gatsby spends his money throwing parties so he can get Daisy’s attention which didn’t even work. He just was used by Daisy because she cares more about her money than the life of a person. Also, Tom buys Myrtle an apartment that is rarely used. He used his money to buy his mistress an apartment so he can cheat on his wife. That is just a cruel way to spend your money.