impossible for many of them to achieve prosperity and wealth in their originating countries, the new Western World enabled many of them to achieve social and financial success through dedication and a resilient work ethic. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, this “American Dream” is depicted as it was in the 1920s. However, much has changed since this era and today’s society has evolved. In both epochs, the American Dream functions as a symbol of hope that promotes
‘The Great Gatsby’ was written at a time of personal disillusionment for Fitzgerald as Kathryn Schulz states that he “bled into his work”. Furthermore the novel was afflicted with Fitzgerald’s spite, towards women in particular, which he can deflect through Nick
not provide sufficient information regarding free choices available to people, such as lifestyle choices or leisure time available. Nonetheless, income gaps can be a good proxy to understand issues of equitable distribution in societies. In this essay, I explore the content of both “capabilities” and “equal opportunities” from a philosophical point of view and assess how income gaps can be related to inequalities in opportunities and capabilities.