Social Status And Social Class In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 and it revolves around class and money. Social status and class difference are two important themes of the novel and the characters are given their power and impact by the class they belong to giving them various advantages and disadvantages. Different characters are from different social classes in the novel. Tom Buchanan and Daisy belonged to the upper class, Nick Caraway belonged to the middle class and the Wilson's were part of the lower class. Gatsby had the wealth to be part of the upper class but he was not. Social class is the status they have in the society and this is what separates the characters and differentiates their behavior. From the start, we see a hint of difference in the social…show more content…
When Gatsby and Daisy were returning from town Daisy hits Myrtle and does not even stop to check what happened to the victim. “Daisy was driving carelessly by driving too fast and by allowing herself to be distracted by the day's unpleasant events. Finally, after hitting Myrtle with Gatsby's car, Daisy panics and flees the scene, not even stopping to see if her victim survived” (Lance 2000). She leaves Gatsby with his car knowing he will get into trouble as it is his car but she does not care. Gatsby has no choice but to take the blame on himself as he truly loves Daisy and this leads to his death as Wilson tracked the owner of the car that killed his wife and kills Gatsby as the car belongs to him and Wilson thinks he killed Myrtle. This carelessness by Daisy leads to 3 deaths as Wilson also kills himself after killing Gatsby. "They were careless people, Tom and 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 their mess” (Fitzgerald 167). After this she leaves on vacations not caring what happens to Gatsby neither she accepts her mistake. Daisy was also careless in her affair with Gatsby firstly she married Tom behind his back when he Gatsby was gone war. When Gatsby gets wealthy she says she loves him and she tries to get close to him calling him over for lunch and goes with him in Toms car to town “You take Nick and Jordan. We’ll follow you in the coupe” (Fitzgerald 127) instead of going with Tom who offered to take her in the circus wagon. The moment she gets in trouble she runs of stranding Gatsby all by himself leaving him to take the blame of her
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