Essay On Social Classes In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920’s. This story is set on Long Island, New York, about a man Jay Gatsby who tries to repeat the past and rekindle his love with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. His affair with her, and many efforts to impress her ultimately do not act in his favor. There are three different social classes in the book, East Egg representing inherited wealth, West Egg representing new and earned wealth, and finally the Valley of Ashes representing poverty and struggle. All of these social classes help to portray the different kinds of people in the 1920’s. East Egg represents inherited wealth and old money. Tom’s "family were enormously wealthy-even in college his freedom with money was a matter…show more content…
"My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month." (Fitzgerald 13). This quote shows Nick describing his house as small, but also talks about how he lives in a rich community with nice views and millionaires, and he feels out of place because he doesn’t have as much money as his neighbors. “One way to look at The Great Gatsby is as a story about a poor boy who makes good, which is to say, a poor boy who becomes rich…” (Michaels). Gatsby works hard and tries to become rich to impress Daisy. Unfortunately in the end, their contrasting social classes do not allow them to be together. “On week-ends, his Rolls-Royce became omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains…” (Fitzgerald 42). Gatsby does a lot of different activities in his young age such as going to parties. Like Tom, he is very rich and has an abundance of nice, expensive things such as cars, but Gatsby does not have as much freedom with his money. "Oh, I'll stay in the East, don't you worry,' he said, glancing at Daisy and then back at me as if he were alert for something more. “I'd be a God Damn fool to live anywhere else." (Fitzgerald 13). West Egg isn’t as…show more content…
East Egg represents old, inherited money and growing up in a rich family, West Egg represents new money, and working hard to achieve your desires, and lastly, The Valley of Ashes represents poverty and the struggles people face in life, such as struggling to find a way to make a living. These social classes represent the different kinds of people in the 1920’s : rich, poor, and those that work hard to get what they want in life. The different characters in the book, their actions and personalities help to show people’s motives and ways of life during this time. Are social classes similar or different today than they were in the
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