The Great Gatsby Quote Analysis

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History seems to have a way of repeating itself. Regardless of the period, trends will continue to parallel in comparison to different events in history. This parallelism may be in the causation of events or by what means society conducts itself. Nevertheless, society tends to revert to similarities of past historical events and habits. Furthermore, a natural correlation between different time periods is the influence money/class status has on how individuals interact with one another. A vast majority of the time, money and status quo may cause people's perception to be pretentious or gaudy. In particular, the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2008 took place behind a backdrop of rich banksters drinking wine looking down upon the movement. …show more content…

An excerpt from the book reveals his personality shift in the following quote, “’Now, Biddy,’ said I, ‘I am very sorry to see this in you. I did not expect to see this in you. You are envious, Biddy, and grudging. You are dissatisfied on account of my rise to fortune, and you can’t help showing it’” (Dickens 149). Now, after learning that he has been sponsored to become a gentleman from Mr. Jaggers, Pip’s attitude towards his friends, Joe and Biddy, alters. Pip sees himself as superior to them and treats them as such. Additionally, when Biddy points out to Pip of his treatment and opinion of Joe at the time, Pip discovered his new fortune and subsequently behaved rudely. In like manner, Pip lashes out at Biddy claiming that she is jealousy of him; this lashing out is uncharacteristic of him. By all accounts, it is apparent that Pip is misled by the expectations of him becoming a gentleman. This confusion results in a change in personality. This abstraction of 'money changing you' is not only evident in the novel and course in history; however, in current society, rise to fame alludes to one potentially belittling those not on equal status levels as him/her. Throughout the novel, Pip’s actions continue to support the claim that money and status affect how people treat one another. In the same fashion another excerpt states: “Then he fell into such …show more content…

Joe realizes and understands that his and Pip’s lives no longer coincide as it did previously. This understanding is shown in the following excerpt, “’If there’s been any fault at all to-day, it’s mine. You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywhere else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends’” (Dickens 224). Joe clearly sees the change Pip has undergone from the rise to fortune. The money and the status have caused Pip to become insensitive and very apprehensive about what other people thought of him. In rational mind, Joe decides to leave London and return home. Future Joe returns to London to care for Pip when he learns that he is ill, despite Pip’s wrong treatment of him. Dickens pens, “For, the tenderness of Joe was so beautifully proportioned to my need, that I was like a child in his hands. He would sit and talk to me in the old confidence, and with the old simplicity, and in the old unassertive protecting way, so that I would half believe that all my life since the old kitchen was one of the mental troubles of the fever that was gone” (Dickens 466). Relatively, regardless of Pip’s social situation, Joe has cared for Pip throughout the novel. Pip observes Joe’s kindness and love and feels a sense of childhood. Moreover, Pip and Joe childhood relationship is rekindled. Through this unconditional

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