English III – period 2
14 May 2013
In The Great Gatsby, The author F. Scott Fitzgerald uses characterization and character relationships to criticize the idea that, contrary to popular belief, wealth does not equal happiness. Money is what runs things during Fitzgerald’s time and during the book.. Money is not the key to happiness, Fitzgerald shows this in parts of his book.
Resulted ultimately in the corruption of the American dream, as the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpassed more noble goals. “old money” and “new money” (Fitzgerald 25) this shows the difference of classes in this society
“The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty.” (Fitzgerald 62) This shows the tragic ending of the rich and wealthy. And they are usually thought as beautiful and well off but they do have a lot of stress and unhappiness around them
The background of jay Gatsby shows that he didn’t come from a wealthy family but was brought into one. Provides evidence and shows the 2 different classes.
“The wealthy class in morally corrupt and unhappy in the great Gatsby..” (Telgen).
Telgen explains that all the wealthy people in the in book, Tom, Gatsby, and etc.. All have a sense of corruption and sadness around them. Whatever happens in the book that is sad usually falls into their lives.
The characters in the Great Gatsby are all about classes and the difference between them. I think fitzgerald uses this book as a example of real life society.
Chunk 4 Fitzgerald in his background was raised by a his mother financially and during this time it was taboo in society for the mother and not the father to provide money for the child. This has a big difference to the book....