Essay On The Upper Class In The Great Gatsby

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Almost every society has class structure: Upper class, middle class and lower class. Usually books from this time romanticized the upper class. They made it seem as though the rich lived perfect, flawless lives which is far from the truth. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he portrays the rich as stuck-up, dishonest and bad people over all. F. Scott Fitzgerald exposes the true depth of racism in the upper class through Tom Buchanan. When Nick goes over to Tom and Daisy’s house for dinner, Tom starts to go on a rant about how he thinks the “lesser race” is starting to take over. “This fellow has worked out the whole thing. Its up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things” (Fitzgerald,…show more content…
After Daisy kills Tom’s mistress, Tom blames it on Gatsby. Gatsby ends up being killed by the mistress’s husband and then Tom and Daisy run away, leaving the mess behind them. “They were careless people… they smashed up things and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness… and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (187-188). Here, it is showing how the rich do not care about their mistakes. They expect others to clean up their own mess like their maids and butlers. Selfishness is clearly shown in this quote, proving that F. Scott Fitzgerald was showing the ugly side of the upper class. Tom and Daisy don’t want to get their hands even more dirty than they were before, so they fled town all in hopes that the problem would disappear in mid-air when they did. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he portrays the upper class as stuffy, racist and dishonest people. He exposes the true depth of racism in the rich through Tom Buchanaon. Heim and Daisy Buchanan show how the rich don’t care about their mistakes. Taking responsibility for one’s mistakes is a crucial part role that society needs to learn because one can’t blame others for their
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