This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Social Relationships In "The Great Gatsby"

1111 words - 4 pages

Novelists are often concerned with exploring the confusions and complexities of social relationships. In the context, confusions refer to puzzling relationships, which are confusing to comprehend. Whereas, complexities relate to complicated and intricate issues. The different social relationships discussed in F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby", are business colleagues, lovers and married partners. The characters involved in these relationships consist of, Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Myrtle and George Wilson, Jordan Baker, Mr. Wolshiem and Nick Carraway. Each character interacts with others, establishing either confusions or complexities within their social relationship.A complex social relationship explored in this novel is between Wolshiem and Gatsby. The two are business colleagues who work together, however the nature of their business is rarely discussed. During lunch between Gatsby, Wolshiem and Nick, Wolshiem mistakes Nick's reason of invitation, which Gatsby quickly states, 'I told you we'd talk about that some other time.' (p69) This suggests to the audience that their business is not above board, as Gatsby does not wish to discuss their business dealing in front of company. Throughout the novel, their business relationship is kept very vague. On the surface it appears to be a normal business relationship, however due to the uncertainty of their dealings, it is established to the audience that there is a complex relationship existing between the two characters. Thus showing how complexities can be explores through the social relationship of business colleagues.Another example of a social relationship explored in the novel, containing complexities, is between Wolshiem and Gatsby from Wolshiem's point of view. In the final chapter, Wolshiem sends Nick a letter in regards to Gatsby's death. He states that he is, '...tied up in... very important business... cannot get mixed up in this thing now.' (p157)This reinforces that their relationship was strictly business and there was not a very strong friendship existing between the two characters. It appears that Wolshiem has very little respect for Gatsby, as he doesn't have the courtesy to attend his funeral. It is portrayed that all Gatsby was to Wolshiem was a business colleague, nothing more. Wolshiem doe not want to further their relationship as friends. Within the letter, Wolshiem refers to Gatsby as a 'thing.' This represents Gatsby's death as an inconvenience on Wolshiem's behalf. As Wolshiem was involved in some 'very important business,' this once again reinforces the idea that their business relationship was below board. Therefore, this shows how complexities can be explored in social relationships such as business colleagues.In contrast to a complex relationship, the social relationship between Daisy, Tom and Gastby from her point of view, is a confusion. In a conversation between the three characters, Daisy is speaking to Gatsby in regards to her love for both men....

Find Another Essay On Social Relationships in "The Great Gatsby"

Social criticism in The Great Gatsby and Great Expectations

2254 words - 9 pages Authors often use their works to convey criticisms of society. Such works of literature do not directly criticize specific real people or events. They do however present a sense of the writer's concern with issues of social injustice and misguided values. Two strong examples of social criticism through literature are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In both novels the writers project their social

Social inequity in “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Great Gatsby”

1016 words - 5 pages Analyzing the different themes addressed in the books “The Motorcycle Diaries” written by Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, and “The Great Gatsby” written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald it is possible to find some topics in common, such as, the social inequity portrayed in both books. Although this social inequity is stronger and clearer in “The motorcycle Diaries”, it is also represented in some way in “The Great Gatsby” due to a marked

The Great Gatsby: A Study in Social Class Behavior

1021 words - 5 pages The great Gatsby, among other things, portrays the tension and conflict which existed between different social classes of the 1920s. Stated less simply, the novel, as one individual described, explores “the preoccupation with class” and “the hunger for riches” (Yardley par. 5). It therefore remains fitting that Fitzgerald begins the book with the quote "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world

Social Class Distinction in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

795 words - 3 pages Have you ever thought of how social and economic classes work into a capitalist system? Marxists believe that different social and economic classes should be equal. In the book the “Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald these classes are very much defined and show the flaws and reality of how social and economic classes are viewed through Marxists. Viewing the classes through vulgar Marxists the characters attempting to climb social and

What social problems are exposed in The Great Gatsby?

930 words - 4 pages spectacular gatherings, the author exposes many social and human problems facing the inhabitants of Long Island. His use of: realistic writing, first person narrative, symbolism all help to convey his message to the reader. The main topic or problem raised by the author in the novel is the hollowness of the upper class. The Great Gatsby focuses around the lifestyle of the self-made millionaires living in the West Egg as compared to the old

Moralism in The Great Gatsby

889 words - 4 pages The book, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, deals with the issue of morals and humanity's errors. A lack of moral values and convictions within the characters of The Great Gatsby leads to their own downfall. As examples of humanity's wrongs, Fitzgerald uses the characters of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby represents the broken heart that cannot let go while Daisy gets caught in a glimpse of greatness and lacks any type of

Materialism in The Great Gatsby

1137 words - 5 pages childrearing in capitalistic cultures: that "few peoples give their babies as little tactile contact as do Americans, especially as compared with "poorer" societies (p )." The characters of The Great Gatsby had childrearing views that seem to confirm this observation. Tom and Daisy's daughter is barely mentioned in the story and is treated as a minor appendage in their lives. Jay Gatsby's "insecure grasp of social and human values (Bewley 47

Narratology in the Great Gatsby

2169 words - 9 pages parties. Nick tries to get all of Gatsby’s friends to come to the funeral, but no one was around. For example, Tom and Daisy moved away and they had no forwarding address, so Nick had no way of informing them of the funeral. Michael Millgate summarizes the ending in his article Scott Fitzgerald as Social Novelist: Statement and Technique in "The Great Gatsby" with: “Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

2082 words - 9 pages Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald reached a celebrity status upon his publication of This Side of Paradise and attained all new heights of stardom after his release of The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald reveals a great deal about himself in The Great Gatsby as he ascribes aspects of himself to different main characters in the novel. Fitzgerald uses these symbolic characters to aptly represent humans and social classes in the Jazz Age, defined by the OED

Love in The Great Gatsby

935 words - 4 pages above relationships and the definition of love stated earlier, we can distinguish three types of love in The Great Gatsby: materialistic love, obsessive love and spiritual love.The first type is the most prevalent one in the novel; it is embodied in Daisy's interest in Gatsby and Myrtle's love for Tom. Gatsby's love is the second type because he sought an ideal love. The spiritual love is the true love; it is scarce in the novel. It may be presented in George's love for Myrtle after all she was the reason of his life when she died he did not hesitate in avenging her and taking his own life in the process.sources:F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great Gatsby. P:19

Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

1908 words - 8 pages unprecedented prosperity. In the beginning, the American dream was originally about the pursuit of happiness, discovery, and individualism. Although, in the novel, easy money and nonchalant social values have debauched that fantasy, especially on the East Coast. Also, objects and locations in The Great Gatsby have symbols to them only because the characters inject them with meaning. In Nick's mind, the ability to create meaning in something forms

Similar Essays

Gatsby And Daisy, Tom And Myrtle, And George And Gatsby’s Relationships In Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

1229 words - 5 pages a small misunderstanding. Daisy refused to tell the truth. Tom chose to rat Gatsby out to Wilson over Daisy’s lie. Wilson wanted revenge and ended up causing Gatsby and himself to lose their life. In the end, Nick was able to use these advantages to write about them. Works Cited Aitkenhead, Decca. "The Great Gatsby." New Statesman [1996] 5 Dec. 1997: 54+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. Baker, Charles R. "F. Scott

Profit And Compassion: How They Affect Relationships In The Great Gatsby

1360 words - 5 pages Imagine walking through the crowded streets of New York, surrounded by dreamers and those willing to allocate their money at the tip of a hat; Passing cake eaters or "ladies men" driving the latest motor cars and women dressed in their finest attire. It's no wonder Scott Fitzgerald set his novel, "The Great Gatsby" in the decade that earns the title, "The Roaring Twenties." Throughout the novel, there is an evident comparison between the themes

Blatant Double Standards In The Great Gatsby: Why Relationships Were So Complex

1828 words - 7 pages Dana Dabbousi English 10 Ms. GramoliniApril 29th, 2013The Great GatsbyPrompt: Fitzgerald uses his novel to portray and critique a number of male-female relationships, some married, some not. Analyze the nature of male-female relationships in the novel (use at least 3 separate examples).'The Great Gatsby' has many great examples of the newly introduced types of male-female relationships during the 1920s. Many of these relationships are between

Social Mobility In The Great Gatsby

836 words - 3 pages This essay discusses the role of social mobility in The Great Gatsby. It argues that not all people can reach the highest social class, this is a class you must belong to from the beginning of life or marry in to. However, the characters are living the American dream which makes social mobility to the other social classes available. The essay addresses the American Dream, the difference in social class between the main characters and how some