Upper Class Style In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Themes, Styles and Techniques A major theme of F. Scott Fitzgerald that is carried through his main works is downfall of American values and the American Dream. In The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan has sexual relations with Myrtle Wilson, a married woman in the valley of ashes. The valley of ashes represents the decay of social and moral values. Tom is a hypocrite, he has no problem having a mistress, but he becomes very angry once he finds out that Daisy is having an affair with Jay Gatsby. This hypocrisy highlights his lack of moral values. Fitzgerald also depicts this theme of the failure of the values of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby by emphasizing his characters’ great desire for money. In the beginning…show more content…
In The Great Gatsby, both Gatsby and Nick Carraway live in West Egg, which is where the new money is, while the old money is located in the East Egg. West Egg is considered to be the less fashionable compared to the East Egg. Gatsby ends up throwing a very loud party to try to impress Daisy. Instead of impressing Daisy, the parties and the people who live in West Egg are seen as vulgar, gaudy, and ostentatious. Upper class people, like Tom Buchanan, say that they would never live anywhere other than the East Egg because the people in the East Egg are so much more classy and elegant than everyone else. Fitzgerald uses these two locations as primary examples of his hatred of social classes and the snobbery they represent. Fitzgerald also uses Amory Blaine in This Side of Paradise, to show his disdain for the social classes. Amory’s family has a pretty good amount of money but he is still is not part of the elite class. Amory idolizes Dick Humbird who he thought represents what every upperclassman sought to be. Amory hates the social classes but it’s only because he is not part of the upper class (Hendrickson, Themes Par 2). Amory hates the upper class but desires the
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