Social Class In The Great Gatsby

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“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members of the upper class are poor and miserable”(Adam Smith). In “The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrayed relentless themes that contributed a strong connection to the roaring twenties. One of which is the stratification of social classes that he purposely distinct to convey a strong message, that in the end each class faces their own obstacle. The author relates this theme through vivid visuals among the characteristics traits of the roaring twenties age, and how the social classes were evolved around arrogance, hate, love and selfishness. In the novel, Fitzgerald illustrated the separation of social classes among three ideologies that were known as; no money, new money, and old money. The “no money” class were meagerly viewed and were civilianized as people with no integrity or moral views. The people of no money lack valuable materials and are even dismantled as human beings, and therefore they are living in the valley of ashes. The valley of ashes illustrate the decay of moralistic and social representation that outcomes from the unrestrained quality of wealth they lack. One of the major quotes stated by Nick’s father was "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had." This advice Nick received from his father formally speaks about the poor people living in the valley of ashes.
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