Social Stratification In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of The Great Gatsby. He was born into an Irish Catholic family on September 24, 1896 and he died on December 21, 1940 of a heart attack at the young age of 40. The Great Gatsby is narrated by Nick, Carraway, a Midwestern who moves into the town of West Egg on Long Island. He moves in next door to a mansion owned by the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby. The story takes place around 1922. Nike was a traveling bond salesman. There are many themes of this novel. One could be the social stratification and how important money is them. Another theme could be whether the book is a comedy or a tragedy. I think the main theme in this book is the social stratification. Gatsby has invented his entire life to pass off as someone from a higher class. The main characters are Jay…show more content…
They are judgmental and fake. They think they are better than everyone around them because they have money. Gatsby’s partygoers will attend his parties, drink his liquor, and eat his food but never once took the time to even their host. They don’t bother to wait for an invitation, they just show up. Fitzgerald uses the people with no money to convey a strong message. Nick comes from a family with a bit of wealth but in the end, he shows himself to be an honorable and principled man. Myrtle is barely a middle-class lady. She is trapped and wants to be in the higher social hierarchy and this leads to her having an affair with Tom. She doesn’t care about how she is cheating on her husband if it means she can lead a better lifestyle if just for a little bit. What she doesn’t come to realize is that Tom and his friends will never accept her into their lifestyle. Tom tends to pick women from a lower class to have affairs with. Tom is a pig and to him, their powerlessness makes his position that much more superior. He thinks that if he cheats with lower class, it will make him feel

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