The Great Gatsby: Old Money Vs. New Essay

1008 WordsNov 23, 20135 Pages
September 20th, 2013 East Vs. West Money, just like anything else, can be new and old. Some people in our country have been wealthy for centuries, and the wealth of their bloodline can go extremely far back in time. However, the attitude of people who have what is considered “Old Money” in contrast to the people who have “New Money” can be quite different. This is shown in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In TGG Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker all reside in East Egg, New York and are considered “Old Money” while Jay Gatsby who lives in West Egg, New York is considered “New Money”. The people who are depicted as “new money” are materialistic and egotistical; while people who are labeled “old money” are…show more content…
Tom Buchanan, a member of the East Egg comunity, is shown to have amazing tastes, in particular when it comes to the beauty of his home. Fitzgerald writes, “Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens-finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though the momentum of its run. The front was broken by a line of french windows glowing now with reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon” (6). The way in which Nick describes Toms home, makes it sound like a beautiful wonderland. It seems extremely elegant and just simply perfect. Even the setting and time of day match its beauty coincidentally. Furthermore, the intricacy of Toms home reflects what people think of the people who reside in East Egg. Their tastes seem to be so far ahead of everyone else’s, and they are able to express their minds through crafting these landscapes with ease. This portrays a very pretty picture of what Fitzgerald wants the reader to think about the characters who reside in East Egg. The people of East Egg who are “old money” are further portrayed as elegant and down to earth by what the wear and how they dress. Jordan Baker and Daisy are both two women who
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