It is the process of acquisition of new things in life that motivates most human beings to work every day. After a successful acquisition, a person is always happy to have acquired the said object and now projects at his future target to be acquired. There are mediums that are used in the payment of such objects that are acquired. However, different objects require different prices for their respective acquisition. Money is a common medium that is used in the acquisition of different objects in the life of a person. Most people acquire different items by using money to pay for the items. However, there are certain things that cannot be bought by money. These items vary in meaning and use in a person’s life. Love is one of the things that money cannot buy. Love is a mutual feeling of affection that is developed by one person for another person either resulting out of kinship or out of ties. This feeling is developed over time and cannot be replaced by any other item or feeling in a person. Money can buy many things in life but money cannot buy love.
The novel The Great Gatsby was written Scott Fitzgerald was written in the early 1900’s and has been a great novel that has been of great use in the study of American literature. The storyline in this novel clearly defines the major themes in life that were of great importance during that period. The character setting presents a situation that is used to clearly show how money cannot buy love. During the start, there are two partners who are believed to be in love and are married. As time progress, Tom and Daisy remain to be attracted to each other. However, Tom seems unsatisfied with the marriage and is seen to have a mistress. On the other hand, the young and rich Jay Gatsby has intentions of rekindling a faint impression of love that existed between him and Daisy. He throws parties around in an effort to impress Daisy. It is ironical that he choses to throw extravagant parties that he does not attend. The main aim of these parties is to try and impress Daisy. The parties are thrown randomly and different people are invited to these parties. As time progresses, Gatsby is able to rekindle the friendship that he had with Daisy. Gatsby is killed as a result of an accident that was caused by Daisy of which he took blame for. Afterwards, Tom and Daisy are seen together having dinner as if nothing happened. Gatsby devoted most of his wealth in throwing parties so as to attract her former friend Daisy whom he had fallen in love with. He gives out his car to her of which she causes an accident with. The different efforts through which Gatsby put in did not yield the results that he had desired. This is seen when Daisy returns to her husband as if nothing had happened.
Gatsby had hoped that Daisy would fall in love with him so that they would be together. He spent most of the time looking at her house hoping that she would notice him doing so. This all was done in an effort to make sure that he used all channels that his money would provide him with in the quest for searching for the love that he had lost. In the end we see that Gatsby’s money was not a sufficient measure to buy the love of Daisy. This is because love is not developed on material things but rather through the trust and knowing of the other person.
In the book, Money can’t buy love by Connie Briscoe; events are explained as they happened in the life of a young photographer who dreamt of big things that seemed impossible to her due to the fact that she had no money to complete her dreams at the moment. Lenora Stone was a photographer. She hated this job and always dreamt of building her own studio. At the moment she was not married to her boyfriend of three years. However, she wins a lottery and her life changes unimaginably. Her husband who was not ready to marry her before is currently ready to marry her. In the midst of it all, she has started an affair with another person despite being in a relationship. She is now ready to build her studio. As the year comes to an end, so does her money. She was not able to acquire the things that she loved. She had a lot of money but she could not do most of the things that she loved doing with her money. She was not able to acquire the love that she had dreamt of using her money. On the contrary, the things that she dreamt of were meant to be achieved through the establishment of an affection combined with the hard work. Marriage for instance was to be achieved only through trust and love. The moment her boyfriend accepted to marry her solely because of her wealth revealed that he did not love her but wanted to be with her because of the money she possessed. Friendships that are always developed out of love do not last for long. Instead, these friendships are short-lived and will fall out as soon as the money disappears or falls short.
There are friendships that are created out different processes rather than the normal processes that involve the deep knowledge on a person and developing a friendship out how the two of you are compatible to each other. However, there are relationships that are formed out of the presence of money. The presence of money in a relationship creates illusion in most people that love can be generated from the presence of this money. In truth, love is independent of many other values that are seen in the life of a person. Most people would confuse love with the feeling created by the presence of things that intrigue a person. For instance, a person may love the presence of a big spacious apartment. When you buy the person the house does not necessarily mean that the person will love you back out of the activity you did. In the book What Money Can’t Buy by Michel Sandel explains different things that money cannot buy. Among these things that money cannot buy is love. He goes on to give an example of how the love of a person cannot be substituted for money when a person dies. Most insurance companies would offer to pay for a life that is lost. However, the love that people had for the deceased cannot be substituted for the money that will be offered. This further explains how money cannot buy love.
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