Materialism and the Downfall of the American Dream .
It has been said that "Money is the world's curse!" but, the question seems to be, How so? How is money the curse of the entire world? Is it because money leads to materialism? The answer, friends, is quite simply, yes. Money leads to materialism and materialism leads to the decline and downfall of the American Dream. In the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald seems to be saying that materialism and the decline and death of the American dream are interrelated. As one increases, so does the other and visa-versa. And so, during the "roaring" materialistic twenties when the book takes place, the American dream is on its death-bed, so to speak. Many examples of this can be found in the upper-crust Old rich like Tom and Daisy, and to some extent, Jordan. Materialism is also seen in Gatsby and other Neauveaux riche characters, such as Meyer Wolfsheim. Also the near death of the American dream can be seen in the working class people of Wilson and Myrtle. .
Unbridled materialism can be terrible and can have ghastly and horrid affects on the society, and of course, the American dream. Unbridled materialism has the ability to corrupt the people whom it affects. These people can be corrupted so drastically that they care for nothing more than "stuff" and "things" rather than their relationship with people. This becomes horribly evident with the introduction of Meyer Wolfshiem, an associate of Gatsby, who has been tainted by the green greed of materialism. It is evident that Wolfsheim is materialistic because when Gatsby is talking to Nick about him and he says, " "Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a Gambler." Gatsby hesitated, then added cooly: "He's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919." "(78). This shows how the greed and corruption of unbridled materialism has seeped into and embellished itself inside one man, Meyer Wolfsheim.