The Great Gatsby Jazz Age Analysis

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Since the beginning of time, people have chased money. People have been blinded, fooled, controlled, and isolated by money. From the rise of the first empires to the American “gilded-age,” to the height of the pure illusion of money during the Jazz Age. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald displays the isolating nature of the Jazz Age during which the story was written through the wild nature of the book and concepts of old and new money. One of the ways The Great Gatsby displays the isolating nature of the Jazz Age is through the tension of old and new money seen throughout the book. In the book, Tom and Daisy are constantly portrayed as rude, shallow, and very one-dimensional people. They flaunt their money and only talk to, and associate with people who…show more content…
Evidence of Tom and Daisy's traits are shown in chapter nine where Nick says “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed things up and creatures and then retreated back into their money or vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made….” (Fitzgerald 179). This is important because Tom and Daisy’s traits cause a lot of tension with those of new money. This also shows that people who come from old money tend to be more hostile and shallow than those from new money. In The Great Gatsby people from new money such as Gatsby and Nick are generally more laid back, and don’t flex their money like people of old money; as well people from new money tend to be less snobby. This is summed up in the very first part of chapter one where Nick says “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’” (Fitzgerald 1). This shows that people from new money are more selfless and less judging than
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