Marxism In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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This novel is a clear-cut representation of Marxism. The key themes, symbols and characterization correspond to the dimensions of Marxism. The Great Gatsby starts out displaying the theme of Marxism almost immediately with the introduction of the narrator, Nick when he describes his socioeconomic status as a ‘bonds man’. He describes his class pretty quick, saying: “My family has been prominent, well-to-do people in this middle-western city for 3 generations (Fitzgerald 3).” The bourgeois status of Nick is contrasted by the extremely wealthy Gatsby and his grand mansion. The degree of the splendor Gatsby lives in is described in great detail by Nick, as is the Buchanan’s house: “The one on my right (Gatsby’s house) was a colossal affair by any standard it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden” (Fitzgerald 5). Nick represents Fitzgerald’s view, as he comes…show more content…
"This fellow has worked out the whole thing. It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things"(Fitzgerald 16). Nick’s humorous suggestion is that they talk about something less upper class and gets Tom angry about race and class. Tom thinks he is at the top of society, and wants to stay there. Besides high class and lower class, there is a conversation about feudal and bourgeois. The terms “old money” is representation of feudal people and “nouveau riche” is representation of bourgeois people as a concept of Marxist theory of class struggle. Tom represents feudal people with his wealth and authority, whereas Gatsby represents bourgeois people with his effort to get the wealth and changes his social status. This is a difficult comment. Tom is referring to the old money way of life, a way of life that is

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