Great Gatsby: Moral Decay of the Nineteen Twenties
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The Great Gatsby written by F.Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1926. The novel is set in the early nineteen twenties in the post world war one era and takes place in the New York on the west and east egg of Long Island. The novel explores the life of the central character, Jay Gatsby. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, tells of Gatsby's ongoing quest to win over the love of Daisy, despite her marriage with Tom Buchanan. Fitzgerald uses ideologies and marginalizes class, education, race and gender to represent the moral decay of the nineteen twenties and of society in general. Without the marginalization of these social groups than the reader would not be able to identify with certain characters and would not be able to either…show more content…
"This is a valley of ashes--a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight." Not only does this extract describe the valley of ashes as a run-down, derelict place, it also depicts the people to be grey and not very pleasant. The narrator of the story, Nick Carraway lives next door to Gatsby in a modest shack on the west egg. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
Nick's modest house is in many ways a representation of Nick himself. Nick is the most moral of the characters and is considered working class and in many ways acts as a moral gauge for the reader. Jay Gatsby lives in an ostentatious house in the west egg. Gatsby hosts many outrageous parties which he is famous for. Gatsby is nouveau riche and is immoral in that he will do anything to win over Daisy. Although Gatsby is very wealthy he is not considered to be upper class, instead he is in a state of