American lit/ p.6
May 1, 2013
The Great Gatsby
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald showcases the values of the 1920’s society. He writes about society only caring about wealth, parties, and social position. Fitzgerald uses all characters to show the reader how the upper class people acted in the 1920’s. They valued money, parties, themselves, and where they stood in society. Fitzgerald uses Jay Gatsby and Daisy to demonstrate the society’s values on wealth in the 1920’s, and the shallowness accompanying it. Before Daisy married Tom Buchanan, she was dating Gatsby. Gatsby was a soldier going off to war; their plans were for her to wait for his return. Daisy’s mom “Had found her packing her bag one winter night to go to New York and say goodbye to a soldier who was going overseas. She was effectually prevented, but she wasn’t on speaking terms with her family for several weeks” (80). There was only one reason Daisy’s parents didn’t approve of Gatsby; he wasn’t rich or from an important family. Daisy’s parents didn’t care so much about the qualities of a man, but rather his wealth. This is why Daisy wasn’t getting approval from her parents. Once Gatsby left for war, her parents found Tom Buchanan. Tom was very rich; Daisy had every reason to marry him. Tom won approval of her parents because he was from an important wealthy family, and he was wealth himself. Daisy, being away from Gatsby so long and being lonely, marries Tom. The 1920’s society was very shallow because many only cared about wealth. Daisy’s parents, like much of the upper class, didn’t approve of anyone unless they had money. Many of the people in the 1920’s valued party life and themselves. In the novel, Fitzgerald uses Myrtle, Tom’s Buchanan mistress, as an example of selfishness and only living for parties. Myrtle cheats on her husband, Wilson, in order to live the rich lifestyle for a day. As a married couple, Wilson and myrtle aren’t rich; they...
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