The Great Money Lessons of Gatsby
NEW YORK (MainStreet)Does Leonardo DiCaprio master the role of elusive millionaire Jay Gatsby in the new film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic? We'll let the movie critics comment on that. What we can do is impart some financial wisdom we've gathered from the beloved novel, which provides a snapshot of the excess, overindulgence and, of course, excitement of the Roaring '20s. Set during the summer of 1922, The Great Gatsby is told through the eyes of narrator Nick Carraway, a Midwestern who recently moved to Long Island to pursue a career as a bond salesman in Manhattan. Carraway becomes increasingly intrigued by his über-wealthy neighbor, Gatsby, who throws wild, extravagant parties in his opulent mansion. The mysterious Gatsby isn't who he says he is, and as the story unfolds Nick discovers that along with Gatsby's great success are many great flaws. Other main characters, including Nick's cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her blue-blooded husband, Tom, also serve to show us that having a lot of money doesn't mean having it all. Although the time of flappers, bootleggers and speakeasies is long gone, there's still much to learn from Gatsby and the other characters in the story. Here are our top five money lessons from The Great Gatsby that are still relevant today.