She is no longer a helpless victim, as although she allows it to happen, she does not let it get to the point where it humiliates her. The class structure is underlined here as the rich are almost immune to adultery and in turn, immorality. Jordan then states “I thought everybody knew” which reflects how this is not an unusual thing in 1920s society. However, Fitzgerald quickly reassures us that this was only the norm in the upper class when he excellently incorporates innocence and correctness with Nick acting as a vehicle for it; “my own instinct was to telephone immediately for the police.” In conclusion, Fitzgerald illuminates an immoral version of the American Dream, however, this is mostly attributed to the upper class.
In The Great Gatsby, social status is a significant element in the book as it separates the haves from the have nots. However more importantly, social status portrays the personalities of people belonging to different classes. In the end, you are stuck in the class you are born into, and attempting to change classes only leads to tragedy and heartbreak.
Even though America was meant to be a classless society, economic classes still separate people to a great extent in the 1920’s. In The Great Gatsby and the Twenties, by Ronald Berman, Berman explains that both Nick and Gatsby want to change their lives through hard work and success, (Berman p83) which seems as American as can be. However, those who were born rich never truly accept those who worked hard to become upper-class. When Tom tries to insult Gatsby, he calls him “Mr. Nobody from Nowhere”(Fitzgerald p130), suggesting that even after Gatsby puts in years of effort to become rich, even after he makes a small fortune, the fact that he was not born upper class is enough to make him “less” in some people’s eyes. When Tom is at Gatsby’s house, he still tries
Not only does the amount of wealth affect social class, but the type of wealth also affects it. It even affects where people live and who people marry as seen with Gatsby and Daisy. The characters social standing affect who they interact and how they are perceived by others. Fitzgerald highlights the different class structures like “New rich” and “Old rich” and the impact of wealth on the people’s lives in those classes. He also shows the superficial nature of the characters and highlights the value placed on wealth.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, there is no question that Jay Gatsby, West-Egg nouveau riche and mysterious host of frequent, extravagant parties, is wealthy; nevertheless, few of his guests understand how he became so. Preoccupied with the festivities, other newly-rich party-goers neither know much about their host nor appear interested in finding out. Nick’s sincere request to meet the man who sent him the invitation is met by amused replies that Gatsby does not exist. In large part, this statement is true; for Gatsby hardly exists beyond his guest’s fantasized perceptions of him. Because of Jay Gatsby’s ambiguous past, Rumors prevail as a common theme of conversation among Gatsby’s guests, as they speculate how he acquired such material wealth.
The impact of socioeconomic status can be examined through a myriad of lenses. F. Scott Fitzgerald aims to show the relationship between socioeconomic status and power. Throughout The Great Gatsby, Tom’s character shows that socioeconomic status is equivalent to power within the novel.
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald characterizes the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values. One of the major themes explored in this novel is the Hollowness of the Upper Class. The entire book revolves around money including power and little love. Coincidentally the three main characters of the novel belong to the upper class and throughout the novel Fitzgerald shows how this characters have become corrupted and have lost their morality due to excess money and success and this has led them to change their perspective towards other people and they have been portrayed as short-sighted to what is important in life. First of all, we have the main character of this novel, Gatsby who won’t stop at nothing to become rich overnight in illegal dealings with mobsters such as Wolfsheim in order to conquer Daisy’s heart.”
An important theme in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the corruption of morals because of wealth. It doesn’t matter if one comes from old or new money, wealth will corrupt the morality of even the humblest. The first example of wealth corrupting morals is in the indifference to infidelity between the married Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. The next example of wealth corrupting morals is seen in Jordan Baker’s actions to keep her luxurious lifestyle. Third, Jim Gatsby’s pursuit of wealth lead to the corruption of his morals.
Shoots and Broken Ladders F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early American masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, gives readers a glimpse of life in the Roaring Twenties. In a time period filled with new inventions and a booming economy, rising through the ranks of social hierarchy seems deceivingly simple. Yet, improving one’s social stature in the communities of East Egg and West Egg is, in fact, a nearly impossible task. Unfortunately, rising in social standing in today’s society has proven just as difficult. As the nation’s wealth gap grows larger, more and more individuals are driven into poverty.
In this novel the wealthy are even separated into two classes; old money and new money. Jordan Baker as with the Buchanans all possess old or family money and all live in East Egg. These people look down upon those who live in West Egg because they did not acquire their money the regular path but instead worked for it. At one time Jordan asked Nick presumptuously, “you live in West Egg?” (Fitzgerald 11).
The Great Gatsby is a film adaptation of the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald set in the US in 1922. It is a Hollywood epic romantic drama that follows Nick Carraway unravelling the mystery of his next-door neighbour, Gatsby, and the pinnacle of the Roaring Twenties.
Throughout ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald presents the idea that the wealthy people are spilt into two distinct groups. The first group are the characters born into wealth, for example; Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. These are the characters that come from generations of wealth and have the ‘easy life’. They do not work, nor have to worry about anything other than themselves. They have security and ‘peers’ whom share the same taste as them.
The biggest question remaining after the reading of the book is what is Fitzgerald saying about American society? Is Fitzgerald insulting American society? Fitzgerald’s main ideas of American society in The Great Gatsby are about social class and status. The majority of his comments towards these subjects relates to the cars, houses, and money that people have.
Class status has to do with a series of different aspects that relate to the degree