Social Responsibility In The Great Gatsby

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Social responsibility is the act of maintaining a balance between the society so that every individual should be treated equally and individuals should act in a way to benefit the society in a whole. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, follows Jay Gatsby, a rich young man who finally reunites with the love of his life after five years. During those five years she gets married to Tom, so Gatsby tries to win her love back, which ultimately brings him death. Fitzgerald uses literary devices such as foreshadowing, dialogue, and characterization to establish that the characters are socially responsible. Fitzgerald establish the theme through the use of foreshadowing, dialogue, and characterization, that social responsibility is a requirement…show more content…
The narrator, Nick Carraway, starts the book off by telling the readers a piece of advice from his father: “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had” (Fitzgerald 1). This quote foreshadows that as the book continues, Jay Gatsby will be more and more deserving of criticism. This quote lets the readers know that Nick is a very socially responsible person due to the fact that he would not criticize anyone or compare his past to anyone else's, which helps him to follow his duty of keeping society balanced. Nick is proven to be socially responsible all throughout the book, the reader can also see his socially responsible trait when he says, “I’ve got my hands full,’ I said. ‘I’m much obliged but I couldn’t take any more work.” (Fitzgerald 83). This use of dialogue is a prime example of how Fitzgerald generates a conversation between Nick and Gatsby to give importance to this specific part of the book. Without this use of dialogue the readers would perhaps feel seem to feel lost in the story because they would not understand what will be going on in the book at that specific time. This piece of dialogue is important because it proves that Nick is socially responsible due to him rejecting Gatsby's offer for a job based on the fact that it is illegal. Nick
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