The difference between first-generation immigrants and their children are significant. When Maxine invites Gogol to have dinner with her family in her house, Gogol is surprised and confused. As described, “This unexpected piece of information deflates him, confuses him. He asks if her parents will mind his coming over, if perhaps they should meet at a restaurant instead.”(p129) This proves the difference between American culture and Indian culture. As Gogol is more familiar with American culture, he feels his parents’ way of inviting people to dinner is vaguely foolish, and that leads to the fact that he prefers to spend more time with Maxine’s family rather than his own.
“The Comfort of Cole Haans,” by Henry Meyerson, is a comedy drama describing an issue of men’s preference for apparel. The situation happens in the house where Joe urges his wife, Karen not to be late for a dinner appointment with his parents. Tactlessly, Joe did not notice that Karen has problem finding her shoe which makes Karen more enraged. After limping around, she eventually makes him realize that her wife has lost her shoe. Surprisingly, Joe appears to know where the shoe is and brings it back to her.
His interactions and conversations depict how different he is from the rest of the wealthy crowd, as he stands out among them due to their difference in morals. At Gatsby’s party, it seemed as though Nick was the only person with the decency to greet the host, “This is an unusual party for me. I haven’t even seen the host.” (47). Nobody knew where Gatsby was when Nick asked around, which shows that he was not as materialistic as the rest of the guests. Emphasizing their different values, Nick’s discomfort with meeting Myrtle for the first time showed through in an attempt to distance himself, ‘“Hold on,” I said, “I have to leave you here.” “No you don’t,” interposed Tom quickly.
Xenia in the time of The Odyssey was a way for hosts to show off just how much they could spoil their guests. However, modern day xenia has taken on a very different form. Xenia once entailed bathing one's guest and throwing a feast, but now donating money or a blanket is viewed as generous. Though ancient xenia entailed showering one's guest with gifts and asking no questions before letting a stranger into one's house, modern xenia has taken on a much simpler form to make the practice more accessible. Odysseus could show up at a stranger's door and expect to be welcomed inside, no questions asked, which is very different from today's policies, and for good reason.
Pavel Pavlovich tried to draw attention by imitating Velchaninov. For instance, at the dinner table with the fiancée’s family, the drunken father of the fiancée laughed at everything Velchaninov said. Pavel Pavlovich, “carried away by the competition”, also made some pun to draw attention;
As well, gossips are speculations, the kind of gossip that surrounds people in the party supports the argument of them not being on the classier side of society, the old money. This is because higher class guest’s conversation topics wouldn’t often be about speculations,
One thing that the movie does very well is show how Gatsby believes that past can be repeated and is still longing for Daisy. He is bringing Daisy to his party and too his house to show her that he has the wealth now to provide for her and that he can please her more than Tom can. The movie makes it evident that Gatsby still believes that Daisy never loved Tom and that she only loved him and shows that when Gatsby and Nick confront each other. The director also did a tremendous job in showing Tom, Daisy, and Jordan’s carelessness in every situation especially Myrtles death. How they let everyone clean up the mess by leaving and removing themselves from the situation when Gatsby is killed especially.
This method originally worked, but as people began to accumulate wealth and success, the inadequacies of this system began to show. Chaucer uses his characters to criticize the lack of social mobility and abuses in the estate system. Even though some characters may be ideal, they still are not recognized as members of the upper class. The
However, although it is the typical American Dream to become a rich and successful member of the upper class, gaining entrance into a higher social class does not equate happiness and success. Out of all of Fitzgerald’s characters, it was only Nick Carraway who came to this realization before tragedy had time to strike. Nick, the only morally centered character in Fitzgerald’s work, comes to the realization on his 30th birthday that he has no time for childish games while on the “portentous, menacing road of a new decade” (Fitzgerald). As a result of this, Fitzgerald chose Nick to narrate the novel, so as to allow readers to see how social class can darken morality. Myrtle, however, thought that status and money was the key to happiness, and as a result, went against her morals to found an opening in the upper class through Tom, but in the end her immorality cost her her life.
With this bias, his description of wealthy characters is obscured which causes Nick to be less critical of them. For example, Jay Gatsby is a millionaire who earns his living by smuggling alcohol. This is a dishonest living but Nick overlooks it because he is a millionaire and he does not criticize millionaires.
Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s house in East Egg is situated directly across the bay from Jay Gatsby’s house in West Egg. This location is significant because it not only places Gatsby’s house in a position that Daisy would care too little about to notice, but also allows Gatsby to constantly be able to observe the house while silently pining for Daisy. In the first chapter of the novel, Daisy becomes fiercely inquisitive at the mention of Gatsby’s name during her dinner party, but quite quickly abandons her interest. This line demonstrates that, although he is in the perfect position for her to notice him, she does not care enough about those in West Egg to glance across the bay. Conversely, the same night of the dinner party, Nick observed as Gatsby