The Great Gatsby Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Fitzgerald’s cynical tone criticizes the selfish and childish actions of the aristocratic social class with comments such as “I shook hands with him… I felt suddenly I was talking to a child” and “they had let other people clean up the mess they had made.” Throughout the course of the story, Nick had viewed the aristocratic class as a careless bunch that performed ridiculous actions to aid their social status. When Jordan first compliments Nick by saying he was a rose, he explains to the audience that he was “not even faintly a rose” and that “she was only extemporizing.” Nick essentially criticizes the ridiculousness of the upper class in social situations and how they use their seductive qualities such as appearance and possessions in order…show more content…
After Tom had informed Wilson that Gatsby had killed his wife which resulted in Wilson killing Gatsby, Nick had noticed that neither Tom nor Daisy had shown significant signs of remorse or regret. Nick commented that he “couldn’t forgive them”, but what he saw from Tom’s point of view that it was “entirely justified.” Nick proves to be one of the only people who felt bad for all that had happened to Gatsby and he resents Tom and Daisy for it; however, he doesn’t blame Tom because he knows that in Tom’s arrogant and ignorant mind that the action was completely necessary. Nick does go on to call Tom and Daisy “carless people” who “retreated back into their money… and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” Fitzgerald’s criticism of the rich clearly becomes prominent here because characters such as Tom and Daisy value only money and status and pay no regards to the negative actions they inflict upon their society to do so. Nick is torn at the fact that Gatsby had protected Daisy’s reputation by taking her blame of Myrtle’s murder; however, she only pays grace to the fact that her reputation had been saved and not the act of kindness that had been given to

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