It is this thin line of social taste and refinement that separates Gatsby from Tom, and the reason why no amount of wealth can buy entry into a higher social class. Even in his riches, Gatsby is still considered inferior because he lacks the family title and stature. And this is essentially the reason why James Gatz can never be erased from Jay
Throughout the story there are so many secrets about Gatsby that people are trying to figure out, especially about his wealth. It turns out that Gatsby isn’t that wealthy at all, he just has all of these nice things and wasted his money on all of it to impress Daisy. He even lived where he does because it is close to where Daisy lives. Nick slowly processes all of this information throughout the story. Another way social breakdown is represented is by people living on different sides of town, where one side is a little wealthier than the other.
In the film version (2013) and novel we are able to see how Social Class and symbolism are similar but differ in characterization. For the most part the movie and film depict the importance of social class. Social class is the category of people with similar economic and social status. Having money and having a proper education meant you were from elite status in the Great
The Great Gatsby gives the sensation that there isn’t any spiritual values in the upper class families. One may also get the feeling that the east is a location where money may impact those that live there in a negative manner. An example maybe about Daisy Buchanan and Tom a wealthy espoused couple that evaluates others depending on their wealth. A great example of that is when Daisy was in love with a gentleman named Jay Gatsby and she couldn’t marry him because he didn’t have enough money to his name. He then tried everything of his power to save up so that he can make it up to the
Tom’s and Gatsby’s party differed in almost every aspect possible. While Tom’s party was a small party to assert his dominance to his mistress and friends, Gatsby’s party was to lure and impress the love of his life. Tom’s party displayed his snobby old money ideals by not spending much money and effort, while Gatsby’s party symbolized new money with its excessive and flaunting spending and grandiose show. The level of intimacy at both parties differed significantly. Despite Tom’s party being small, it was far from intimate with all the guests budging into all conversations, Nick couldn’t even have a talk with Catherine long enough without Ms. Mckee budging in.
That is where Gatsby made all his money, not from owning a chain of drug stores. His job is another thing that he lied about. Again, this shows that money is a huge aspect in the Gilded Age and The Great Gatsby. To become a different person, Gatsby had to have a lot of money. Gatsby’s whole life was corrupt with fake facts and details about himself.
Being unable to detect the social signals, Gatsby doesn’t realize the insincerity of the invitation, while Tom, being from East Egg, does, showing how Gatsby is differentiated from high society even though he is rich. Although Gatsby is technically part of the upper class because he is wealthy, he is differentiated by his inability to understand subtle social
She cannot bear the fact that something did not go how she wanted it to. She is not remorseful about the way she treats her family, and it is clear her happiness is more important than being a sensible person with emotions. As she left, Maggie finally cracked a smile, a sign of peaceful rejoice of Dee’s departure. It is unfair the way Dee has always alienated her family, and it is uncertain where she gets her conceited attitude from. In essence, Alice Walker displayed Dee Johnson as careless, vain and selfish.
Without even considering Nick’s insight, Gatsby immediately dismisses what Nick has to say. Again, Gatsby is making an attempt to separate himself from Nick on the basis that he belongs to an elite social class while Nick does not. In both of these quotes, Gatsby speaks to Nick in a snobby, patronizing way. Gatsby’s constant need to reaffirm his own position regarding affluence shows that he, himself, does not entirely believe in his high social standing. Gatsby used to be very poor, but obtained an excessive amount of wealth at some point in his life.
Known as “the less fashionable of the two,” (page 5) West Egg represents the home of the middle class in the novel and America in the 1920’s. The locals from this area often have to work hard for the money that they earn in order to attempt to meet the status of the people across the bay. One of these locals would be Nick Carroway, a practical, middle class bondsman. He lives in a cheap eyesore of a home, but is content with it. Jay Gatsby is another resident of this egg, by he attempts to live a very different lifestyle from Nick.
Gatsby’s large income isn’t enough to satisfy his happiness. He feels the need to overflow his house with expensive items in order to show-off his wealth to Daisy. This showcases his carelessness and immodesty with money which is a huge part of his personality. You could say the he prefers form over function. Nick on the other hand, while still possessing money, decides to lead a simpler life without all the luxuries.
Miss Kinnian shows a glimpse of reality, that not all people are nice. She tells Charlie how people can be very mean, but how he is much better than any of them. Charlie does not get this at all right now, but later on he will realize what this meant. Charlie still has some misunderstanding when he states that all his friends liked him and they never did anything that wasn’t nice. Miss Kinnian had to go away because she knew that people did not treat him fairly, and he didn’t understand that all.