Essay The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes

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The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes Money is essential for survival; it can bring happiness, despair, or corruption. It rules our daily lives, is preferred in large amounts, and separates us into different social classes. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a perfect example of this since the class structure within the novel, portrays how money or the need for it can cause corruption in all the different social classes. This is shown through the three distinct classes: old money represented by the Buchanan’s and their self-centered, racist nature, new money represented by Gatsby and his mysterious, illegal ways, and a class that can be called no money represented by the Wilson’s and their attempts at…show more content…
Tom Buchanan is the person most dominantly representing these people. His actions are generally self-centered and depict him as racist. Tom’s self-centered nature is revealed in his actions in East Egg. For instance, Tom cares only for himself and his well-being. He mistreats his wife Daisy by hurting her physically. This is evident when Daisy says, “Look! ... You did it, Tom… I know you didn’t mean to but you did do it” (17). Daisy is trying to trigger Tom’s guilt, but fails as he disregards her complaining and changes the topic of the conversation, thus, proving his self-centered ideals that concern no one other than himself. Moreover, Tom’s racist nature reveals itself when he discusses with Nick on the topic of a new book that Tom has been reading; ‘The Rise of the Coloured Empires’. Tom says, “It’s up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control over things” (18). Tom thinks that the white race is the supreme race and that all other coloured races are inferior, coupled with the belief that the supreme race should watch out or else they will end up losing their title. This ideal is common in the 1920’s and it correlates with the moral deterioration of the upper class in society since they are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the supremacy of the white race. Finally, Tom’s self-centered nature in East Egg best reveals itself when Tom excuses himself from the dinner table in order to talk to his mistress
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