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Role Of Isolation In The Great Gatsby

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In today’s society, luxurious items have become easier to obtain, through lower prices, and larger amounts of higher quality product suppliers. But does the purchasing of all these luxurious items determine your social class? If not, then what exactly defines a social class? In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, social position is determined by the class you are born into, despite the loss or gain of money. This is shown in the text through isolation by class, the symbol of the green light, as well as leverage, power and control displayed by class and social position. The idea of isolation between the various classes and social positions is very clear in the Great Gatsby. Tom, Daisy, and even Nick aren’t seen connecting with George Wilson. Gatsby, originally coming from a poorer family “helped to set him off from his guests” at his very extravagant parties. Nick spotting Gatsby by himself most of the time is a key idea that shows the isolation of social class. Even though Gatsby is wealthy, and has many luxurious items, he is still not found…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald, social position is determined by the class you are born into, despite the loss or gain of money. James Gatz, being isolated from the well-off social group proves that he does not belong in the upper class of society. The seemingly endless distance to the green light on the other side of the channel, shows that there will always be something separating him from the higher class, even though he has all the money he could need. Finally, the elaborate description of Tom Buchanan proves that wealth does not make the person or the class, but the traits and characteristics, is what separates the lower from the higher social positions. Overall, in The Great Gatsby it is clear that wealth does not determine class. So how would someone of a lower class achieve their goals or a higher class? Set realistic goals, because in the end, happiness is not material things or being
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