West Egg society focuses on spending their money rather than keeping the money like East Egg society. Instead of being polite and refined, West Eggers, who have “new money”, are outspoken and rude in the eyes of East Egg society. At first sight, Daisy “…w... ... middle of paper ... ... The ethics of society in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby are clearly noted through the endless partying, fancy houses, and the lavishness of their lives. Time and time again Fitzgerald displays his skills of developing his characters through plots and scenes of enchanting parties and mansions.
The Character of Nick Carroway in The Great Gatsby In his novel, The Great Gatsby, author F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the character of Nick Carroway as a decent person. Nick stands out when being compared to the other characters in the story. It is Nick's honesty with himself and toward others, his morality, and his unbiased, slow to judge qualities that make him the novel's best character. The chain of events that occur in the story begin with Nick meeting Jordan Baker at Gatsby's party. It was this meeting that causes Nick to mention the topic of honesty.
In his 1920s novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald utilizes his language to demonstrate how preconceptions about lifestyles and people bar society from the ability to make accurate judgements about individuals from a first impression or glance at their lifestyle. People fail to realize how parties and thrilling lifestyles do not necessarily hold any lasting depth or happiness for the people who attend them. At first, Gatsby’s “blue gardens” appeal to Nick, and he enjoys the “laughter” and “cheerful word” which characterizes Gatsby’s grand party (43-44). Fitzgerald’s diction creates a vivid image of the party and appeals to pathos, because the words build happy and excited emotions in the reader. The way Nick allows himself to become enthralled by the flamboyant lifestyle parallels how people in society gawk at the lives celebrities and the wealthy.
The text provides support for this. Before Gatsby offers Nick a way to “pick up a nice bit of money,” he confirms that Nick is selling bonds (Fitzgerald 83). Regardless of the specifics, Wolfsheim clearly uses Gatsby to gain connections to rich and powerful people, especially those who, drunk at these parties, neglect reality. The most renowned players in the market,
Thus Nick keeps up the friendship to benefit his love life. He also gains self-assurance because he sees himself as Gatsby's only "true friend". Thus it is Nick's selfishness that causes him to develop a rapport with Gatsby even though Gatsby "represented everything for which I [Nick] have an unaffected scorn" (6). Gatsby becomes merely an object, though he is the character that gives his name to the title of the novel. Gatsby is only "great" relative to Nick's self-interest.
28) But it isn’t all perfect for Trimalchio. When Trimalchio is out of ear shot, Encolpius asked another member of the party about his wife and he goes on to tell him the full story and how he is excessive and also makes of of all of the riche members at the party in general. (pg. 26-27) In other scenes throughout the book, the portrayal of wealth helps Encolpius and his friends get out of some situations and help them accomplish their goals as well. It is heavily implied that Encolpius and his companions had convinced someone that they were wealthier than they truly were in order to be allowed in and treated with such respect during the dinner party that they were able to save the life of a slave.
Both Nick and Wilson’s lower class shapes their personality as a submissive and cautious characters. Within the text The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald analyzes the importance of wealth within the early twentieth century in America, which allows the reader to understand the perspectives of different social status. Moreover, he proves the importance of wealth through presenting characters that are influenced by social status. Concurrently, Fitzgerald identifies how a person’s social status shapes one’s personality and motives.
This shows how Gatsby is trying to gain Nick'... ... middle of paper ... ...ites about not only the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy but also about the affair between Tom and Myrtle. Tom and Myrtle's affair shows how the amount of money one has does not change the way they may act or feel for another person. Throughout the novel, the author also explains how the wealthy or rich people are able to get away with bad behavior or unethical practices because they have the power to do so. During the time after World War I, the people who had money were the people who had power. Fitzgerald offers his audience the proof through his story that there is only a slight possibility that a person can be both wealthy and ethical.
The narration in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald comes from Nick Carraway, an outsider and new addition to West Egg. From the very beginning, Nick Carraway claims to give an honest portrayal of the lives of Jay Gatsby and the Buchanans and makes a point in stating that he is “inclined to reserve all judgments” (Fitzgerald 1). A neutral narrator allows the reader to analyze the characters on their own as they form a relationship with them throughout the book. On the other hand, with a personal account of Nick’s experience, the reader is continuously reminded to consider the storyteller’s role as a character foil in the novel. Without an involved narrator, the reader often accepts the perspective of the narration and forgets to question any existing biases.
Gatsby is a watered down version of a member of the true social elite. Therefore, he uses the phrase "old sport" because he feels it exudes the proper upper crust upbringing he lacks (134). Furthermore, Gatsby makes the pursuit of wealth and refinement an obsession. As a child, Gatsby kept a list of "General Resolves" that outlined his plans to gain wealth and refinement (181). When exposed to the society during World War I, he becomes obsessed with members of the wealthy upper class, such as Daisy, whose voice is "full of money" (127).