Fragmented Society In The Great Gatsby

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The Fragmented World of The Great Gatsby A fragment can be defined as a small part broken or separated from something. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, society has become fragmented. The roaring twenties aren’t as tremendous as they used to be. The idea of an American dream is dying as well as the ideal and carefree society that was thought to last forever. The world has become broken and corrupted. The Great Gatsby has a fragmented world along with a messy society because of the betrayal, greed and the element of social class represented in this book. A good example of a fragmented world would be this book because of the betrayal exhibited throughout. Tom and Daisy are married and have been for quite awhile; however, Nick discovers…show more content…
In the beginning of the book, Nick introduces his house as in between two mansions. “Squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season” (5). The problem is that average middle class citizens are living right next to millionaires and their mansions. This basically puts Nick in his place and rubs it in his face that he is not wealthy. Then, Nick himself goes on about his house, referring to it as an “eyesore.” He seems embarrassed to live there. “An eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked” (5). The social class is represented through their houses, which it should not be like. Nick however, is treated fairly and not look down upon by the upper class, but he also listened and watched a couple of Gatsby’s parties before he actually received an invite. Lower and middle class citizens are separated from their common neighborhoods and instead put in upper class societies. To conclude, the fragmented world inside The Great Gatsby is proven to exist because of the constant greed, lack of loyalty and the major difference in social class. People are living a lie, are desperate to live with status and wealth while lower to middle class citizens are living next to mansions. The American Dream is decaying and because of this, people are destroying the world around them. The people in this book are all separating from something, just like a fragment. All of this further validates that this society that Nick lives in is fragmented, broken and
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