In the book, The Great Gatsby, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, there seems to be conflict between old money and new money. New money meaning that they have inquired wealth recently, and old money meaning they have inherited the money from their ancestors and have been building up their powerful social connections for many years. Fitzgerald portrays new money as being reckless and unwise with their wealth by lavishly spending their money on new cars,new clothes and parties. On the other side of the spectrum, old money individuals are presented as being more responsible and knowing how to handle their money. The difference between these two social classes goes beyond the way they spend money, but, in their personalities also; the new money groups tend to be more caring and lacking in social graces while old money are deeply selfish and inconsiderate.
Given these points, because of the importance of being rich in the society, Tom becomes selfish by wanting always a little more. All things considered, the social feelings of the 1920s clearly affect the character in the novel. They take immoral decisions and they follow the wrong values of the time. Gatsby is carried away by the world of consumerism and involves himself in criminal activities to get a woman. On the other hand, Tom, born in the world of richness, feels superior and pushes the consumerism idea to the extreme.
When Gatsby and Daisy run over Myrtle and kill her they just drive away and prete... ... middle of paper ... ...another man is not frowned upon too much by most of her peers, like Nick and Jordan. According to Nick Carraway, “Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply” (p.58). This is a blatant example of how moral principles and culture were changing for the worst. The novel The Great Gatsby, is very effective in showing how social and moral values of Americans declined and became less strict in the 1920’s. F. Scott Fitzgerald gets this theme across to the reader by using symbols and characters such as the Valley of Ashes, Jay Gatsby’s parties, and Gatsby’s life in general.
Class structure was used to describe the difference between the new money and old money. The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, written during the 1920s, emphasizes the division between the social classes and the reasons behind why they are separated; the novel also emphasizes on the daring tasks in which— the bottom of the social class is willing to take in order to climb the ladder. The poor are daring enough to involve in illegal acts to gain success. However, even with success they are still not ultimately complete. Class structured is portrayed in this novel through Myrtle who is the poor, Gatsby—new money, and the Buchanans—old money.
In the 1920s, prohibition, the ban on alcohol is in full force in order to better society, alcohol was seen as the corrupter of people’s judgement. Ironically prohibition caused society to decay, despite the many boons happening at the time. Beneath the seemingly prosperous country lies corruption, inequality, and despair. The corruption is so obvious, that author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a book on this subject called The Great Gatsby. His main character, Jay Gatsby, spent his whole life trying to become rich enough to win the heart of a now married Daisy.
Aristocrats and nobility looked down on the working class with judgement and disgust, and when prostitution became legalized in England after the Contagious Diseases Acts it made a big public controversy. Prostitution was not only judged and criticized by the upper class, but also kept in fear by the historical figure, Jack the Ripper. In the 19th century prostitution became one of the most common ways of earning money because of the economical and industrial changes, which raised tensions between classes and became a major concern of the Victorian Era. The 19th century began to accelerate social transformation, and then recognized the insightful thinkers to show the progress of equality in a democratic direction. The feudal societies of demographic change, the transformation of the economy, the spread of new ideas and the strengthening of the state power gradually transformed.
Mr. Mill definitely reveals through this writing, his personal and profound similarities concerning the "tunnel vision" of hard-working ethics and strict social structure created during the Victorian Age. The Victorian Age and its industrialization brought about great change in the values of its people, and influenced John Stuart Mill as well. The middle class in particular had abounding opportunities to create new wealth. They were prone to "vicious profiteering" (1033) of their fellow man which was created by their "immense ambitions" (1033), that brought about an empathetic but disassociation with the lower class laborer. Mr. Mill as well, had difficulty in personal relationships due to his hard working "habit of analysis" (1146), which he believed had tended to "wear away" his feelings (1146), toward personal relationships and others around him.
The various social climbers and ambitious speculators who attend Gatsby’s parties illustrate the greedy scramble for wealth. Meyer Wolfshiem and Gatsby’s fortune symbolize the rise of organized crime and bootlegging. As Fitzgerald saw it the American dream was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. In the 1920s, however, as depicted in the novel, easy money and laid-back social values have spoiled this dream, especially on the East Coast. The main plotline of the novel reflects this judgment, as Gatsby’s dream of loving Daisy is ruined by the difference in their own social places, his resorting to crime to make enough money to make an impression on her, and the raging materialism that distinguishes her existence.
The emergence of industrial capital has increased the temptation of wealth to people and widened the gap between the rich and the poor in society, especially between cities and villages. Undoubtedly, Dickens writes about this pessimistic atmosphere everywhere: crude, brutal and ignorant villains can become "upper-class" through inheritance and exploitation. Miss Havisham who believes in pure love fell into the trap of marriage; money was a volume empty by the trap. In such cases, the author criticizes the injustice and darkness in society. And London, the symbol of the wealth and capital of the industrialized society of the time, was dark, crowded and dirty with Dickens.
It represents the wastes and results of capitalism. The people and the environment itself are suffering because of it. It is also symbolic that Mrytle had died in the Valley of Ashes, which further shows that she could not escape her own social economic status. The ashes that are representative in the story are the people who are pulling further away from the American Dream because they are greedy, arrogant, and self-centered like Mrytle. The can be concluded that the American Dream in the 1920s benefited those who are able to work hard and strive for a better