The Great Gatsby Essay

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The Great Gatsby may appear to be a simple tragic romance, however this may not have been the case had the aspect of social status not come into play. Social status, or class, played a large role in corrupting the original idea of the American Dream in the story of The Great Gatsby. With the goal to gain the attention from Daisy Buchanan and the East, Jay Gatsby experiences love, tragedy and moral struggle throughout the novel, resulting in the harsh reality that social class is distinguished by more than just wealth. The Great Gatsby teaches a fine lesson on how money cannot buy happiness and therefore, cannot buy love. In the beginning, very little is known about the life of Gatsby but the reader is quickly introduced to his goal of gaining the attention and ultimate love from the woman which he claims to be in love with, Daisy Buchanan. Daisy and her husband Tom live in the East Egg, and therefore Gatsby feels the only way for him to persuade her into his life is to buy her affection through materialistic items and the throwing of large parties complete with food, music and wealthy guests. With the help of neighbour Nick Carraway, Gatsby begins to spend more time with Daisy, which evolves slowly into an affair that both Daisy and Gatsby know they will not be able to keep to themselves. As Tom Buchanan becomes aware of the circumstances, a confrontation arises. “She’s not leaving me! Certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring to put on her finger.” At this point in time, the tension between the two social classes is strong and because of status, Daisy choses to remain with Tom, despite all of Gatsby’s efforts. There are many different circumstances involving tragedy in The Great Gatsby. It is important for the reader to wonder whether or not the decisions and consequences displayed by Gatsby have affected his portrayed image on being a

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