The Quote, “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual”, by Einstein fully illustrates the meaning in the work, The Great Gatsby; each character contrarily portrays characteristics accordingly to its wealth and social status. While character such as Tom and Daisy is bemused and reckless in the world of wealth, other characters such as Nick and Wilson live a submissive and cautious life style within a lower class. Even so, both juxtaposing groups experience similar joys and tragedies within their social class. Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby signifies the influence of wealth and social status during the 1920’s American society on characters through plots, dialogs, and setting. Jay Gatsby, as the protagonist of the novel, is one the few characters that is affiliated with the lower class. In Gatsby’s childhood, he suffers through poverty. Paradoxically, Gatsby is the most prestigious when compared to other characters, yet he was the only character to lack wealth in the past. With this, Fitzgerald proves that the current status of wealth justifies the current acceptance of a character. After attaining wealth, Gatsby remains distinguished from other wealthy characters due to the fact he once lived a life of destitution. Unlike Tom and Daisy, who live an empty life, Gatsby lives a life replete with motivation. Even though Gatsby was presented as one of the corrupted characters, he was considered prolific because he had a dream. This is achieved because Gatsby once experienced a low class life, unlike Tom and Daisy who grew up with prosperity. While wealth and social status may appear to be widely accepted as the most wanted symbols in the early twentieth centur... ... middle of paper ... ...rtain areas. Although nick is not considered a low status, Tom is still higher in status. Take for instance, when Nick insists he wants to leave during their trip to New York, Tom arrogantly forces Nick to stay, “No, you don’t” (Fitzgerald 28). Nick has no choice but to agree to Tom’s suggestion because he is higher in terms of social status. 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.
During Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, it is apparent to be an absurd time for the wealthy. The shallowness of money, riches, and a place in a higher social class were probably the most important components in most lives at that period of time. This is expressed clearly by Fitzgerald, especially through his characters, which include Myrtle Wilson, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, and of course, Jay Gatsby. This novel was obviously written to criticize and condemn the ethics of the rich.
F. Scott Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby in order to display the wretchedness of upper-class society in the United States. The time period, the 1920s, was an age of new opulence and wealth for many Americans. As there is an abundance of wealth today, there are many parallels between the behavior of the wealthy in the novel and the behavior of today’s rich. Fitzgerald displays the moral emptiness and lack of personal ethics and responsibility that is evident today throughout the book. He also examines the interactions between social classes and the supposed noblesse oblige of the upper class. The idea of the American dream and the prevalence of materialism are also scrutinized. All of these social issues spoken about in The Great Gatsby are relevant in modern society. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses this novel as an indictment of a corrupt American culture that is still present today.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby provides the reader with a unique outlook on the life of the newly rich. Gatsby is an enigma and a subject of great curiosity, furthermore, he is content with a lot in life until he strives too hard. His obsession with wealth, his lonely life and his delusion allow the reader to sympathize with him.
Unaware to some, The Great Gatsby not only tells a story, but contains great meaning to those who understand it. Published in 1925, Fitzgerald’s novel holds a myriad of topics and themes that depicts what life was like at that time. One such topic included is the class structure 1920s. During the 1920s, there existed invisible borders that separated people based off their socioeconomic class. Each class had particular attributes associated with people living in them as well as reasons why they are in that specific class. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald creates characters with specific attitudes and behaviors that generalize the social stratum they are placed in to convey a message about how the American class structure functions. Through
In the novel Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates the segregation of the society into different social classes in the 20th century. Fitzgerald uses vivid visualization of the settings of the East and West Egg and Valley of Ashes to represent the environment of the people from both high and low class. He also introduces different characters who eventually reveal their personalities and behaviors towards gaining and maintaining their wealth and power. Additionally, Fitzgerald focuses on the contrast between the “old money”, who are the people who automatically possess great affluence even before they are born, and the “new money”,
The emerging inequitable class systems and antagonisms of the nineteen twenties saw the traditional order and moral values challenged, as well as the creation of great wealth for few and poverty for many. The Great Gatsby, written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, explores the causes and effects of the unbalanced class structures. Fitzgerald outlines the idea that the desire to accumulate wealth and status is a common ambition amongst the lower classes; when that desire is reached, the traditional upper class is challenged by the emerging newly wealthy, which finally leads to destructive consequences. By creating rigid class structures, traditional upper class, new wealth, and the poor in The Great Gatsby, it is shown that the desire to further or maintain socio-economic status leads to immoral behaviour such as criminal activity, adultery, and murder.
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author implies that wealth plays a much lesser role in the decisions of individuals who earned their wealth. He demonstrates this through Jay Gatsby’s thoughts about his newfound wealth and Tom Buchanan’s beliefs about his old, generational wealth.
The origin of wealth is a key factor for deciding which social class each character in The Great Gatsby belong to. Jay Gatsby is the character who made the greatest social mobility. The other characters use him for his parties and hospitality but they do not consider him as an equal. This is something that is evident particularly on page 66 in the novel when Gatsby tells his story to Nick Carraway, the novel's narrator, and Nick describes Gatsby's phrases as so threadbare they lack credibility. No matter how much money Gatsby makes he is never going to be good enough for either Daisy or the other characters.
In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald explores the idea of the American Dream as well as the portrayal of social classes. Fitzgerald carefully sets up his novel into distinct social groups but, in the end, each group has its own problems to contend with, leaving a powerful reminder of what a precarious place the world really is. By creating two distinct social classes ‘old money’ and ‘new money’, Fitzgerald sends strong messages about the elitism underlying and moral corruption society. The idea of the American dream is the ideal that opportunity is available to any American, allowing their highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. In the case of The Great Gatsby it centres on the attainment of wealth and status to reach certain positions in life,
Nick says that Tom feels the “hot whips of panic [as he notices that] his wife and mistress were slipping precipitately from his control” (132). Such was the general philosophy in the Jazz Age; Tom sees the women in his life as merely objects of possession and control, not to mention that he has at the very least one intimate relation too many. Fitzgerald presents his distaste towards and the symbolic failure of this quasi-polygamy through the death of Myrtle—a direct consequence of Tom’s relationship juggle. After the emotional rollercoaster of reunion and death, a disgusted Nick decides to leave the East; however, Nick manages to run into Tom on the street. Nick “[can’t] forgive him or like him” (190), as Tom is a symbol of gross materialism throughout the novel. Nick’s dislike towards Tom both at the beginning and the end encapsulates Fitzgerald’s denouncement of America’s materialistic society. Moreover, Anonymous aptly calls this materialistic society one that is “fatally contaminated with money” (Anon.). Prior to his departure, Nick goes to see Gatsby’s house once again. Looking at the rundown building, Nick calls Gatsby’s grand mansion “a huge
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the mentality of the ultra rich. Many of which have materialistic tendencies that have taken over their egos entirely. This materialism becomes the way they see life. To them anyone who doesn't have the advantages they possess is less of a human. Due to this, their life is controlled by their ego and causes them to be extremely selfish. Throughout The Great Gatsby, materialism takes over the decisions made by the wealthy, even if it means the death of someone else.
Gatsby is obsessed with wealth and the higher social class. Daisy Buchanan is someone Gatsby loves but he also loves the idea of her wealth and class. "Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly. That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money – that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it… high in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl […]” (Fitzgerald 120). If Gatsby could have Daisy in his life he could have the classy lifestyle every middle and lower class American dreams of. Jay Gatsby also embodies the surge of materialism during this era, he throws the biggest parties and owns the fanciest of things even down to the shirts. Gatsby has a loss of morals when he goes to great lengths to move from the lowest social class to the social elite. Gatsby’s appearance is much different from his reality, at first the reader is introduced to Gatsby as someone had a privileged upbringing and had been educated at Oxford, ’”Well he told me once he was an Oxford man”’(Fitzgerald 49). The reader later finds out that Gatsby has lied about his background. Gatsby was raised in poverty,”His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people-” (Fitzgerald 98) and had attended a small college for two weeks then dropped out, “An instinct
People often think that money alone determines one’s position in life. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby wants to change his social class from the lower class to the upper class in order to marry Daisy, an upper class women. Gatsby believes he can change his social class by becoming rich. Money can make it appear as though someone is in a different social class, but in reality the upper class is not just about money, but about manners and what the money is used for. Though Gatsby acquired enough wealth to be considered upper class, he never truly changes his social class because of where his money comes from, his mannerism, and his background.
It is commonly believed that all those who are wealthy adhere to a similar set of values, characteristics and have similar lifestyles. Fitzgerald provides the reader a clear view through the eyes of Nick Caraway of the differences and similarities that can be found between wealthy people in the roaring Twenties. Two characters that are very important to the story are Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan. Fitzgerald created two purposefully different characters- one that is easily despised, the other that although not perfect, is likeable- and united them in their love for money, the power that comes with it , and their haunt for the ultimate prize – Daisy. In this essay, we will compare Tom and Gatsby in several areas, including personality, loyalty, and life style so we can come to the conclusion whether or not they are perfect foils of each other or not. Tom and Gatsby bare little similarities and their differences are evident.
“The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the vast social difference between the old aristocrats, the new self-made rich and the poor. He vividly interprets the social stratification during the roaring twenties as each group has their own problems to deal with. Old Money, who have fortunes dating from the 19th century, have built up powerful and influential social connections, and tend to hide their wealth and superiority behind a veneer of civility. The New Money made their fortunes in the 1920s boom and therefore have no social connections and tend to overcompensate for this lack with lavish displays of wealth. As usual, the No Money gets overlooked by the struggle at the top, leaving them forgotten or ignored. Such is exemplified by Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson and Tom Buchanan. Their ambitions distinctly represent their class in which Fitzgerald implies strongly about.