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The Great Gatsby: Differences And Corruption Of Classes

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The Great Gatsby: Differences and Corruption of Classes

Money is essential for survival; it can bring happiness, despair, or corruption. It rules our daily lives, is preferred in large amounts, and separates us into different social classes. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a perfect example of this since the class structure within the novel, portrays how money or the need for it can cause corruption in all the different social classes. This is shown through the three distinct classes: old money represented by the Buchanan’s and their self-centered, racist nature, new money represented by Gatsby and his mysterious, illegal ways, and a class that can be called no money represented by the Wilson’s and their attempts at attaining wealth. Each class in their own troubled way displays corruption in this masterpiece.
The Buchannans were born into wealth. Their families have had money for many generations; hence, they are referred to as old money. They are obnoxious and do not have to work, spending most of their time amusing themselves with whatever takes their fancy. They are judgmental and superficial, and fail to look at the essence of the people around them including themselves. Tom Buchanan is the person most dominantly representing these people. His actions are generally self-centered and depict him as racist. Tom’s self-centered nature is revealed in his actions in East Egg. For instance, Tom cares only for himself and his well-being. He mistreats his wife Daisy by hurting her physically. This is evident when Daisy says, “Look! ... You did it, Tom… I...

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