Social Stratification In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby, a film released in 1974, based off a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the tragic story of a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby. The movie takes place in America after World War I. It allows viewers to observe the social effect of the post-war’s economic growth. In the film, there are several examples of social stratification, symbolic interactionism, labeling theory, social functionalism, gender norms, and the butterfly effect from the characters’ diverse backgrounds and actions. Social stratification is depicted in the film through the different classes of the characters. These characters fall into one of three classes; old money, new money, and no money. Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Jordan Baker fall into the old money class because they have inherited their families’ wealth. Jay Gatsby falls into the new money class because his family is not inherently wealthy. Myrtle Wilson falls into the no money class because she does not have wealth. The old money class believes themselves to be the elite, therefore those in the new money class will never be viewed as their equals because they have not been born rich. Those in the old money class believe this separates them from the new money class because the new money class is not viewed to be as refined from the old money class. Even in the portrayal of Tom’s affair with Myrtle he acts as if he is above everyone else because he was born wealthy while Myrtle has no money or status. In the movie,
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