Established Wealth in The Great Gatsby

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Their wealth is important to many people below them as it can give tremendous opportunities, which can equal monetary gain for the people. But, the established wealthy many time use their wealth and statues against people, as a way to not allow characters to advance in their social and economic position. Tom Buchannan is a prominent figure in The Great Gatsby who shows this selfishness as he utilizes the immense wealth that he has to take control of people situations. He is opposed to allowing people to advance their economic status. He shows his hesitation for advancement with his control over George B Wilson when he is dealing with the terms of selling his automobile. When George comments saying, “Works pretty slow, don’t he’ ‘No he doesn’t’ said Tom coldly. ‘And if you feel that way about it maybe I’d better sell it somewhere else after all’ ‘I don’t mean that” explained Wilson quickly” (Fitzgerald 28). Toms defiance of, not selling his car, shows that the rich are limit the advancement of other’s to move higher up. This scenario is a microcosm of the higher American social environment, which the established wealthy try to limit the growth of peoples capital, and also limit the status of people below them. They feel that their position is of such a high value, gives them the authority to determine who advances, and who doesn’t, and the only way to be one of them is to be born into it. The…
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