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The Great Gatsby – Buying the American Dream "Our great cities and our mighty buildings will avail us not if we lack spiritual strength to subdue mere objects to the higher purposes of humanity" (Harnsberger 14), is what Lyndon B. Johnson had to say about materialism. He knew the value of money, and he realized the power and effect of money. Money can have many effects, however money cannot buy happiness. Many people disbelieve this fact, and …

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…Gatsby’s struggle for prestige. When taking Tom through his party, he stops at every famous person available. "Gatsby identified him, adding that he was a small producer" (Fitzgerald) is a sentence in which Gatsby directly tries to associate his name with, and in turn earn a level of respect specifically from Tom. Gatsby includes anyone famous, even those who are morally bad. "Meyer Wolfsheim, the man who fixed the world series in 1919" (Mizner 23), i