The old money considers this tacky, indicating their disapproval and superiority over any class lower than them. As incredulous as it may seem, the highly perceptive author initially illustrates intimations of the class rivalry through placing the Egg towns literally oppose to each other across the water. The tension over authority and power seems to permeate throughout the Long Island. However, the water that separates Daisy and Gatsby represents the social distance between them and how even with his wealth, the latter cannot reach the social status of the former. On the contrary, the people inhabiting in the Valley of Ashes live by the minimal commodities of life and the location below the East and West Egg underscores the lower social position of the people.
This reflects entirely on the utter careless in which Daisy and Tom live; Nick says that Tom and Daisy are “careless people… they [smash] up things and creatures and then [retreat] back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever… and let other people clean up the mess they [have] made” (Fitzgerald 187). The Buchanans and the ultra-rich live their lives without any purpose or care. They simply drift through the world spending their endless amounts of money without contributing anything to society. Fitzgerald incorporates both the universal and more profound of white to critique the carelessness and hollowness of the
Nick’s relationship to Gatsby is an example of irony because Nick tells the story about Gatsby, but he doesn’t like him. In Chapters 1 and 2 Nick states “Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, … represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.” 2. In chapters 7 and 8, Tom learns about the affair between Daisy and Gatsby. Nick points out the irony of losing both women in his
During the era of A Streetcar named desire (1947) and Death of a Salesman (1949), money and social status had power over peoples lives. In that sense, people were labeled for what they had. And the fast that money had power over the characters lives in both books, it showed that their world revolved around it. It also had so much power in the sense that both of the books ended in a negative note. So, i believe that Death Of a Salesman by Authur Miller and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams connected in a sense that money created problems between the characters.
The Great Depression, caused by the hardships in the 1920s, further separated the people on social levels. Harper Lee shows this in her novel, which took place during the midst of the Great Depression. Social injustice was shown because of the unfair treatment of the colored Americans against the white people, no matter their working ability. The Cunninghams mainly showed the social problems caused by the stock market crash because of all the hardships they faced as a result of the crash. Finally, the Great Depression not only caused economic problems, it also greatly separated the townspeople from one another, causing social
Tom is a scoundrel, and no sliver of empathy can be given to Tom, due to his reckless behavior. Tom 's behavior affects everyone around him as a result two people die. Myrtle is murdered by his wife Daisy and Gatsby is murdered by George Myrtle 's husband. Both deaths could have been avoided if Tom was more of a man and less of a scoundrel. Big, powerful is the idiosyncrasy that Fitzgerald uses to describe Tom: " Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body-He seemed to fill those glistening boots until he strained the top lacing, and you could see a great pack of muscles shifting when his shoulders moved under his thin coat" (Fitzgerald pg.
One of the ways The Great Gatsby displays the isolating nature of the Jazz Age is through the tension of old and new money seen throughout the book. In the book, Tom and Daisy are constantly portrayed as rude, shallow, and very one-dimensional people. They flaunt their money and only talk to, and associate
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, the American sin of greed is personified in Colonel and Judge Pyncheon. If it weren’t for Colonel’s greed, the family would not be burdened with the misfortunes that have befell the Pyncheon family. This greed exemplifies the class struggle in American society through Hawthorne’s characters. Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables is a microcosm of the reality of American society and reflects on the greed of the wealthy and the class divide of society.
Showing the inequality of poor and the rich because many families were not able to do the same thing the Carraway. The American Dream believes that anybody able to become successful if you work hard enough. But that 's not truly shown by the example above giving the poor a disadvantage. Daisy who is crazy rich and the lover of Gatsby and the wife of pro footballer Tom tells a story about one of her butlers as an extra job was polishing silver till it ruined his nose because of the strong odors showing that wealth consumes the poor. The butler was willing to destroy his health for money, which is ridiculous.