Theme Of Society And Class In The Great Gatsby

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1. Society and Class

The Great Gatsby is offering a peek into American social life in the roaring 20s. The 1920s is a time of economic growth since the World War One had just ended. Fitzgerald presents a picture of America he observes around him. His characters are divided into a social class. The society believed that they had skewed views and so social boundaries were deemed necessary. In the Great Gatsby, It is seen that there are three different types of class. These are the upper class, the middle class, and the lower class. In the following paragraphs, I will examine their roles. Hence how this theme was memorably delivered.

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald introduces two types of wealth. First, there are people like Daisy and Tom Buchanan and Jordan Baker who were born into wealth. Their families have had money for many generations, hence the term "old money" can be used to describe them. As portrayed in the novel, the "old money" people don't have to work and they rarely speak about business arrangements. They invest their energy interesting
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“People were not invited—they went there.” They come and go “like moths” attracted to bright lights. This simile and others reducing humans to lower animals is a characteristic of Naturalism, the undertow to tragedy below Fitzgerald’s high glittering wave of Romanticism. Gatsby’s station wagon “scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains.” Yellow becomes a motif in this West Egg chapter, whereas Nick is wearing white, the normal color of an egg, consistent with his innocence. East Egg would be a golden egg for McKee, and might be for Nick, who takes Jordan’s “golden arm.” Yellow is not quite gold and Gatsby is not quite up to the social gold
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