Gatsby Interpretation

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Social Boundaries F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a story that portrays the foundation and continuing evolution of American society’s social normalities and structure. Set in the mid 1920’s, the story reveals undeniable evidence and implication into the reality of social separation between the “sophisticated” and unsophisticated worlds. The story follows one man, Jay Gatsby’s, futile attempt to work his way from the poorly perceived, insignificant, and menial lower class to the so-called “sophisticated” and recognizable group of society, simply to win the favor of a love never lost. As a result of Jay Gatsby’s chase of an unattainable goal and the events that follow, it is evident that although love is a free affair, it can come at a high cost. Ultimately the novel exemplifies the misguided American dream, that all of life’s happiness, desires, and satisfaction can be fulfilled through wealth. Fitzgerald divides the ensemble of characters into two distinct groups, the “sophisticated” and the unsophisticated. Take for instance the valley of the ashes, which symbolizes the most menial facet of society, the hard working blue collar men of industry with no identity and no money, “obscured from sight by an impenetrable cloud.”(Fitz 27) However, the distinction comes not from wealth alone, but rather a temperament of money, or perhaps old money versus new money or no money. This is apparent when Gatsby and Nick, the narrator, converge on the idea that Daisy’s voice “is full of money.”(Fitz 127) Nevertheless, all of Gatsby’s ambitions and hopes are to cross the social boundaries, signified by the separation of Gatsby’s mansion and Daisy’s home by the bay, by becoming wealthy and in doing so earning Daisy’s love. However, this is an impossible feat; and, although he proved his capabilities and determination by accumulating a vast…...

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