Gatsby was an underprivileged man who feels that he can win ha woman that he has always loved (Daisy) back if he earns enough materialistic wealth. When he first meets Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby commits "himself to the following of a grail" (156). The Great Gatsby is a story of an American Dream. Towards the end of the book, Gatsby ends up in a very tight situation awaiting a call from Daisy that did not become a reality, but he passes away an incurable fanaticizing death, still feeling that he will never be able to make his dream a reality by making his long time sweetheart totally his. Nick is then left with the impression that if you devote your valuable time to overtake a girl that you have been admiring for a long time is an exact example of moral corruption.
1. Society and Class The Great Gatsby is offering a peek into American social life in the roaring 20s. The 1920s is a time of economic growth since the World War One had just ended. Fitzgerald presents a picture of America he observes around him. His characters are divided into a social class.
Of all the themes, perhaps none is better developed than that of social stratification. The Great Gatsby is regarded as a brilliant piece of social commentary, offering a vivid peek into American life in the 1920s. Fitzgerald carefully sets up his novel into distinct 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 distinct social classes — old money, new money, and no money — Fitzgerald sends strong messages about the elitism running throughout every strata of
The hierarchy of social classes lies within the location, wealth, and the demeanor of the denizens in the world. F. Scott Fitzgerald introduces the social differences in The Great Gatsby by depicting the distinctive characters, their certain conduct in their place in society, and the sly innuendo of the setting’s significance. The East Egg, West Egg, and the Valley of the Ashes correspond to the three different social class: Daisy and Tom Buchanan as the bourgeois, Gatsby as the nouveau riche, and Myrtle and George Wilson as the proletariat. The affluent community consists of hypocrisy and feigned masks to satiate its ravenous thirst for monetary values. Thus, playing in a continuous cycle of competition and derogatory decency.
The issue of social class has been prevalent throughout society and in every civilization there have been people who were wealthier than others. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald portrays several themes but the predominant topic addressed in book is social class -not just the obvious contrast between wealth and poverty, but the differences between types of wealth. The narrator, Nick, states in the beginning that he is “ still a little afraid of missing something if [he] forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth”(2,Fitzgerald). Nick describes that money isn't the only thing that some people are born into and the poor can also
The immense purity, elegance, and taste this single room exhibits reflects exactly the West Egg’s charisma. Fitzgerald’s skilled imagery projects colors of flowing white and red further symbolizing both chastity and lust. Contrasting the East and West uncovers added moral diversity between the two; one with carelessness and carpe diem, and the other with carefulness and
Jay Gatsby is another resident of this egg, by he attempts to live a very different lifestyle from Nick. He lives in a home that looks like it belongs on the east side, and throws intricate parties within it every week. Despite his mansion, he will never be as elite as the East Eggers because he was born into poverty and had to work for his money just to become middle class. No matter how hard he tried to be like those across the bay, his social class is what is holding him back from achieving that next, higher level. This difference between earned wealth and given wealth represents the social division.
The use of colour white in East Egg like “white palaces”, Daisy’s name as a white flower, Daisy’s white car, and Jordan and Daisy wearing “white...dresses rippling and fluttering” (Fitzgerald 8) symbolizes vacuity. Furthermore, white embodies the hollowness and superficiality of the individuals from the upper echelon in the Jazz Age. It implies that although they are rich in material possessions, they are poor in morality. Grey is a neutral colour conveyed in the Valley of the Ashes and a symbol of decadence giving a negative connotation to the readers. Moreover, those who reside in the Valley of the Ashes, such as Myrtle and Tom Wilson represent the lower bracket of society.
It is set on the summer of 1922 and talks about the American dream, the Prohibition, the corruption of the rich, the beginning of capitalism mixed with basic human emotions such as hope, love, confusion, selfishness, and fear of losing. In my essay I’m going to analyze Gatsby (he worked for his money, he had a love story five years ago with Daisy and he is friend’s with Nick), Nick (moved to New York for the summer for work, Daisy’s cousin, Gatsby’s neighbor and friend) and Daisy (family money, married to Tom, had a love story with Gatsby five years ago, Nick’s cousin). The main line that the novel follows is how we see people, how other people see them, how they see themselves, and at the end, what is the truth about them. Gatsby is the character that names this book. He went from poor to rich, but he does not go through a transformation through this novel, because we are introduced
The novel The Great Gatsby was set in the 1920s tell the story of a man named Jay Gatsby. Throughout the novel, there are different symbols that show what life was like during the 1920s. Symbols can do many different things in the stories they can show, the theme or they can show what will happen in the novel or story. Symbols in the Great Gatsby like the valley of ashes and the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg shows, the theme of class diversity and the theme of what the American Dream was really like. The valley of Ashes was a small industrial town that was on the way to the city the represents the working class.