In a review of Tender in the New Yorker (14 April 1934), the American writer and media intellectual Clifton Fadiman remarked that, in Fitzgerald’s case, ‘money is the root of all novels’ (FR 301). There can be no doubt of the importance of money in Fitzgerald’s fiction; but one of his strengths is that he does not assume that money is a simple matter; rather, he attempts to grasp money in its full complexity, not only as a means of exchange but also as an element that enters, materially and symbolically, into the surfaces and depths of identity, behaviour and relationship. This chapter considers the role of money in Gatsby and Tender, examining the vivid examples of modern consumerism both novels provide and the ways in which money moulds Gatsby’s courtship of Daisy and Nicole’s marriage to Dick. The first extract we shall explore is Myrtle’s display of her buying power in chapter 2 of Gatsby.
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