Wealth And Fortune In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby”, took place in the 1920’s. It represented all the different level’s of class during the roaring twenties. There was one specific wish everyone had in mind, and that was the “American dream”. A wish that every American citizen would have the equal amount of opportunities, to attain wealth and success through hard work and ambition. This novel symbolizes how wealth and fortune offers some individuals an unequal privilege. When they are compared to those that come from a lower class and aren’t given much in life. For example coming from a high class family you are handed over a family heirloom, with a great deal of fortunate and education at any University of their choice. This gave them a way easier…show more content…
Jay Gatsby was a perfect example of how rare it was back in the 1920’s for a child that comes from dirt poor parents, being able to escape and build themselves a fortune. This novel was narrated by a middle aged man named Nick Carraway, after recently moving to West egg to learn the bond business after graduating from Yale. He ironically moved right next door to Jay Gatsby’s mansion, Nick describes it as “a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden”. (Fitzgerald, 10) This come to show how Gatsby’s life represents what the American dream was at the time, he built an extravagant living for himself. He came from a poor family that restricted him from striving in life. Which is why he ran away from home and never looked back until he had gained wealth and success. Unlike Tom Buchanan or Daisy Buchanan that were born into wealth and didn’t have to work for their success. Gatsby on the other hand, went through lots of trouble and hard work from the moment he was living as a dirt poor little boy to the moment he had a bank account that
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