The Great Gatsby Class Structure Essay

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Class structure in the 1920s as we know it was a social status. There are three important components to the social class ladder. Wealth has become a problem, and this was proved in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, “The Great Gatsby,” class structure is portrayed through the wealth of the characters. A reason for why the era of “The Roaring Twenties” ended so abruptly.
The thin line that was made between the rich and the poor is what made the two major levels of why class structure became a conflict in the 1920s.“A poor distribution of income compounded the country's economic problems” is what they called it. (Digital History in paragraph 8.) This is used to help validate the reason for the decline of wealth in the 1920s. To help illustrate this,
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There is one more important element to separation of social classes. This is the old money versus the new money. The wealthy will always have drama between one another, and for years it was an un-talked about situation. The “Financial Advisor” magazine stated that, “In the 1920s, old money was viewed as being so much better than new money.” Take Jay Gatsby as an example. Gatsby was played by Tom and Daisy. Little did Gatsby know that his new money was looked down upon by everyone since he had a questionable background. Tom and Daisy always stuck together, because of their old money. Throughout the story Tom proves to Daisy that he can offer a steady life for her whereas Gatsby cannot because his money can be lost as easily as it was made. Later, Nick stated,“They were careless people Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness” (F.Scott Fitzgerald pg. 165) Adding this conflict between the two, comes to prove that old money and new money will always be a problem and Gatsby would not have ever won Daisy over, because the life of old money looked too prestigious to throw away. Fitzgerald was also trying to prove to his readers that not only do the rich have conflict between the poor but so do the rich with the
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