Examples Of Hollowness Of The Upper Class In The Great Gatsby

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In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald characterizes the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values. One of the major themes explored in this novel is the Hollowness of the Upper Class. The entire book revolves around money including power and little love. Coincidentally the three main characters of the novel belong to the upper class and throughout the novel Fitzgerald shows how this characters have become corrupted and have lost their morality due to excess money and success and this has led them to change their perspective towards other people and they have been portrayed as short-sighted to what is important in life. First of all, we have the main character of this novel, Gatsby who won’t stop at nothing to become rich overnight in illegal dealings with mobsters such as Wolfsheim in order to conquer Daisy’s heart.” What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too –” this quote is from the first party that Nick attended at Gatsby’s house, and there are a lot of rumors about Gatsby which he has created for himself. A very important character in this part is the Owl Eyes who helps “expose” Gatsby’s fake appearance emphasizing the hollowness of the wealthy and once again suggesting that the creation of a perfect appearance is the best that can be hoped for. He notices that all of the books in Gatsby’s library are real, however they are all uncut. The books are only used for their appearance, obscuring their content in uncut pages perfectly mirroring the

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