Friendship in The Great Gatsby by F. Scoot Fitzgerald and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

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In a society where social criticism is the norm and status is admired, people with morals, views and opinions are considered peculiar. Where the “high life” is everything and money receives respect and friendship. The strugglers and hard workers are demeaned while the rich with fame and beauty are praised. In the novels, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald and, The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger, the outside observers Nick and Andrea are able to have a clear and realistic view of the characters in the affluent world because of the observer’s social class, lack of experience and different morals. To begin with, social class has always been of great importance in society, more money means more power and more respect. …show more content…

“Well I don’t care. He giver large parties, and I like large parties – they’re so intimate. Small parties. There isn’t any privacy”(Fitzgerald, 55). When Gatsby dies, all those that attended his parties every week no longer care and become busy elsewhere, they abandon him, as he is no longer of use to them. Although, most would like to think that due to just gaining all that money they would be more sensitive to the feeling around them, it is not necessarily the case. Lastly, there are people like Nick Carraway who are considered to be from a lower social class because of their “limited” amount of money and lack of recognition; therefore they are “no money”. Nick has never felt the need to object to a single moment in his life and considers himself very privileged but is very opinionated and has a lot to say about other people. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone… just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had”(Fitzgerald, 7). Everyone is so quick to criticize, but some people's lives have not been quite so easy, although throughout the novel Nick is very contradicting and has something to say about everyone he comes to know in his life. Similarly, in “the Devil Wears Prada”, Weisberger portrays a society purely based on fame and influence in the fashion industry. Weisberger presents the idea of two different types of people. The first group consists of

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