Great Gatsby: Upper Class Has No Class

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The Upper Class Has No Class By Olivia Faulkner Taking a dive into The Great Gatsby, you sink headfirst into a massive abyss of a criticism of the American upper-class. To do this, F. Scott Fitzgerald takes his life and merely copy and pastes it into that of Nick Carraway’s, giving a sense of authenticity to the story. It is in this copy-and-paste-material that we can find true meaning behind The Great Gatsby, and why it’s exposure of the upper-class was so effective. He takes qualities from people in his own life, transfers them to a character, and creates someone “new” that pushes his view of society, showing through characterization the ways of a seemingly-superior upper-class. In The Great Gatsby, we see an abundance of shallow characters. There is a surplus of lying, cheating, and thinking only of oneself. Nick Carraway gives a more than accurate characterization, both direct and indirect, of multiple characters. For example, Tom Buchannan “had established dominance over his face” and spoke in a “gruff husky tenor, [adding] to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed”, with “a cruel body” (pg. 7) Later, it is revealed that “’Tom’s got some woman in New York’”, even though he’s married to Daisy (pg. 12). He flaunts it in front of Daisy, as well as his other companions, and although this is permissible to him, when Tom discovers that Daisy has been seeing Gatsby behind his back, this is all but a breach of faithfulness and mutiny. In showing off his relationship, yet forbidding hers, Tom’s pompousness and arrogance really shines through. It’s also shown through Tom’s actions, where he “[made] a short deft movement, [breaking] her nose with his open hand” and lies to Mr. Wilson about his wife’s affair. He constantly moves to cover his tracks, not minding anyone else’s path. Another example of this kind of disloyalty is shown in the accidental death of
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