Social Class In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald compelled his readers to create new assumptions and broaden their ideas about the hierarchy of the social class in The Great Gatsby. One main subject in the book is that success and prosperity can be achieved through hard work, determination, and initiative. The man in the title, Jay Gatsby, underwent a series of changes for this ideal. The metamorphosis began before Nick Carraway, the narrator, met him and continued all the way up to his death. Gatsby partook in a self-reinvention in order to achieve the American dream. The odd end characters that attend Gatsby’s infamous parties fabricate a variety of stories about his past and where he came from exactly. Many said he was a “German spy during the war” and that he looked…show more content…
He would continuously question the guests about her but had no such luck. It was not until Nick Carraway moved in next door and became entrapped in the vast life of Jay Gatsby. Nick is Daisy’s second cousin and developed into the link between Gatsby and Daisy meeting once again. After they finally do, Gatsby invited both Daisy and Nick over to his house. While there he flaunted his riches to her, eager to impress. Nick noticed that Gatsby “revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (Fitzgerald 96, 97). Later, Gatsby throws his expensive shirts at Daisy for fun and laughs but she ends up crying “it makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before” (Fitzgerald 98). At this point Daisy realized what was occurring with Jay involving the money aspect and became confused in her feelings. All of Gatsby’s belonging seem to be just for show. In the end he would give it all up just to have Daisy safe and sound in his arms. However, the wealth was a contributing factor in the relationship for her. Being born into a rich family involved marrying rich as well. Gatsby changed a little too
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