The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1359 Words Sep 23rd, 2014 6 Pages
Kayla Prochnow
AENG343
Professor Berman ‘The Great Gatsby’ “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, “Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” (3)
Written in the roaring twenties, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald intertwines prominent social problems during an era of the alluring American Dream. The narrator Nick Carraway begins by repeating the advice of his father that warns him against judging others which makes him seemingly trustworthy. Despite Nick’s attempt to build a trust between himself and the reader, “Nick is an unreliable narrator and his bias/blind spots reflect Fitzgerald’s own.” (Berman) The premise of this novel shows readers that unless you are white, male, and from old money, you have no place in society. Though many of the characters reflect social issues, Nick Carraway’s perspective plays an important role in seeing the conflicts of racism, sexism, classism, and anti-Semitism through Fitzgerald’s own eyes.
Tom Buchanan is both a physically and financially powerful man, but remains an unlikeable character in the novel. With a violent nature Tom voices his beliefs on race through his reading of, ‘The Rise of the Coloured Empires.’ “It’s a fine book, and everybody ought to read it,” Tom explains. “The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be-will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved.” (Fitzgerald 16) His elitist attitude looks down on…
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