The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Discuss Modernist views of ONE of the following themes or concepts as it is presented in EITHER The Great Gatsby OR To the North: Technology and/or transport Love/human relationships Money and/or labour Material culture Another theme developed in consultation with your tutor. American Dream and Social Status In this essay I will try to argue that even though Jay Gatsby is a very wealthy man, he is, since he falls short in most of the aspects that determines a person’s social status, not an equal to the likes of Daisy and Tom in the eyes of the old upper class society. Therefore, Gatsby never stands a chance of succeeding with his attempt to win back Daisy, who is a part of that society and of a different status. The ambition to succeed…show more content…
There is a bond stronger than money between people like Tom and Daisy Buchanan and even though Gatsby has made a great fortune it is not enough to belong to the same social class as Tom and Daisy. Tom and Daisy’s contempt against people like Gatsby, wealthy people but with a different socioeconomic background, is demonstrated by Daisy’s loathing of West Egg, where Gatsby lives (Fitzgerald 102). An example of this will be explored later on in the text. This contempt as well as the bond between Tom and Daisy Buchanan can be explained, according to Weber’s theory, with their similar upbringing and education. That is also evidence that no matter how hard Gatsby tries, he cannot change his past and he cannot change other people’s past. “Men make their own history but they do not make it just as they please, they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past” (Marx in Elster 277). Since status is, more than social class, dependent on things from the past, such as upbringing, it is also more difficult to change. Nick Carraway is the only character in the novel that has a middle class background. He fit into neither the upper class of Tom and Daisy nor the working class of Myrtle. Because of his background, he has enough
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