In The Great Gatsby, a novel written and set during the post-World War II society of the 1920’s,

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In The Great Gatsby, a novel written and set during the post-World War II society of the 1920’s, author F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates what life was like for those thriving to reach the American dream. Economic prosperity appeared open to all and the dream of leading a rich life was within arm’s reach for many. While the Roaring 20’s appear to have been a time of social and economic prosperity, a Marxist interpretation of the time and novel may suggest the opposite. Marxism, or the Marxist approach, is based on the philosophy of Karl Marx, which analyzes the interaction between classes and societal conflict. A recurring Marxist concept in The Great Gatsby is the idea that economic conflict produces the class system and the class system,…show more content…
Tom is the wealthiest man mentioned in the novel and he relates to the world completely through his money and views all people and things as commodities. Fitzgerald writes, “"They were careless people, Tom & Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (146). Tom believes he is above everyone else and causes conflict in his relationship with Daisy by having an affair with another woman. He leads Daisy to believe that he does not love her due to the fact that he attempts to buy her love and happiness by surrounding her by material wealth. Jay Gatsby spent a lot of his life working to regain Daisy’s attention. When he realized that he could not be with Daisy due to the poor background of his family, he participated in criminal activity such as stealing and corruption, causing problems in society, just so he could acquire some type of wealth in order to stand a chance against Tom. Gatsby’s famous parties were thrown for the sole purpose of attracting Daisy. George and Myrtle Wilson represent the lower class and were more concerned with putting food on the table than throwing glamorous parties every night. Tom’s behavior towards the couple reflects the attitude present toward the

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