English 11 Core
May 9th 2012
Social Class in The Great Gatsby
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, there are many conflicts between the upper class, middle class and lower class. Throughout the book there are countless interactions between the different social class levels. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays each class as having a different attitude and personalities: the upper class as snobby and cheaters, and lower class as desperate, the newly upper class as dreamers and believers, and the middle class as average people.
The middle class in this book is described as the most relatable and understandable. There is a great similarity between the book and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life. Fitzgerald was also in the middle class, the same as his main character Nick. In the book, Fitzgerald is trying to live the life he wanted through Nick’s character. With this similarity between the two it is highly likely he portrayed the middle class with the greatest behaviors and actions. In the book there was never a moment where Nick does something wrong, he was put in situations in between the other classes but he was never betrayed as doing anything wrong.
The lower class is depicted as desperate. Not only does Myrtle, one of the lower class characters, cheat on her poor husband but she is also money hungry. While she is out with her Tom she goes on wanting everything she sees a magazine, some perfume, and even a puppy. While her husband is at home trying to think of some way to get more business and money into the shop.
In most situations when thinking of the upper class one might think sophisticated or classy, but F. Scott Fitzgerald describes them as the opposite in this novel. There behavior was far worse than any other classes’ behavior by far. In the beginning of the book the same day Nick arrives at Tom and Daisy’s house Tom wants to go introduce Nick to his mistress Myrtle.
F. Scott Fitzgerald in his own life was in...