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Conflict Of Old Money And New Money In The Great Gatsby By F.Scott Fitzgerald

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In the book, The Great Gatsby, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, there seems to be conflict between old money and new money. New money meaning that they have inquired wealth recently, and old money meaning they have inherited the money from their ancestors and have been building up their powerful social connections for many years. Fitzgerald portrays new money as being reckless and unwise with their wealth by lavishly spending their money on new cars,new clothes and parties. On the other side of the spectrum, old money individuals are presented as being more responsible and knowing how to handle their money. The difference between these two social classes goes beyond the way they spend money, ...view middle of the document...

The Kardashians and Rihanna are just as disrespectful as Tom; they “smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness.” They care more about themselves than they do about others.

In contrast, Jay Gatsby, representing new money, is welcoming towards everyone, but, is oblivious in social situations. When the Sloanes invited Gatsby to lunch, he didn’t comprehend on the insincerity of it all, and genuinely accepted the proposal. Furthermore, the new money crowd are characterized as ostentatious, vulgar, and very irresponsible with their wealth; Gatsby lives in a colossal glamourous mansion, owns a very expensive car, throws massive parties, and wears vibrant outfits. Presently, a recent purchase made, as an example of new money, was Mark Zuckerberg spending $30 million, to buy the four homes surrounding his current home. In comparison, old money would purchase a mansion, or home, for a much lower price tag, and would not spend lavishly, just to have more. Regardless of their carefree spending, the newly founded rich unlike the inherited rich, have a big...

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