Cultural Criticism In The Great Gatsby

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Cultural Criticism is the beliefs and interpretation of cultures in the eyes of other people rather one is more dominant or the others are inferior to them. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” time period was divided up into social classes which were determined on a person’s will. The narrator Nick Caraway is a middle class man trying to make it in life financially, so he decided to move from the East Egg to the West Egg New York to get away from paying 3,000 to 4,000 dollars for renting a house. Cultural criticism explains a meaningful understanding which is shown in the novel with: social status, racism, beliefs, and ethnicity. Social classes are what separate people in many different societies in this world. For instance, “I lived at West Egg, the ‒ well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them” (Fitzgerald 9). Nick Caraway got to experience both the West Egg and East Egg of New York and believes the West is harder working than the East. He calls the Eastside the more fashionable side that is more upper class and is very critical on the clothes you wear, the way you look, and the class you fall under. Nick is stating that these high demands of living in the west is hat has caused him to move out of the East and makes it very difficult for a person born in a lower social status to be able to live there. If you are born in a lower status you will not be accepted by
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