Freedom To Move Up In Social Class In The Great Gatsby

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In American society, democracy and capitalism are encouraged because people from different social class interact with each other daily. Some individuals fantasize to move up in social class to have a romantic relationship with someone who is in a higher social status that they are in. However, despite America claims to be democratic and capitalist, in reality, it is difficult to have the freedom to change one’s social class up. In The Great Gatsby, protagonist Gatsby aims to move up in social class by gaining money and fame to be able to have his lost love, Daisy, choose him over Tom. “A&P” by John Updike conveys the story of how the main character, Sammy, wants to change his position to be able to have a relationship with Queenie, the girl …show more content…
When Gatsby left Daisy for the army, Daisy had waited for him until “She was feeling the pressure of the world outside, and she wanted to see him and feel heel his presence beside her and be reassured that she was doing the right thing after all” (151). The relationship between Gatsby and Daisy in their flashback was not affected by social classes because Gatsby had been a protection for Daisy. Nevertheless, Gatsby’s absence made Daisy’s decision hesitant, and ultimately she marries Tom because she succumbs to the outside pressures of marrying someone from her same social class. After he arrives back to meet Daisy, Gatsby equips with the financial support that he knows Daisy desires in order to be in a relationship. When Gatsby pushes Daisy hard to tell Tom that she chooses Gatsby over him, Daisy bursts and says “‘Please don’t!’” (131). Daisy has already gotten used to the stable relationship with Tom is unwilling to leave him for Gatsby. She further reject Gatsby when she says, “‘Please let’s all go home. Why don’t we all go home?’”, expresses her desire to not stir up their relationships and keep it the way that it is. Denying Daisy’s attitude and words, Gatsby still insists that she loves him over Tom by saying, “Of course she might have loved [Tom] just for a …show more content…
Sammy tries to gain the girls’ attention, including Queenie’s, by saying, “ “I quit” to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they 'll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero”. He stands up for them by going against his boss’ orders because he desires to build a relationship with them; he hopes that he will be reaching the higher class with Queenie by sticking up for them and becoming their “hero”. Even though he imagined the change in his position through an action, the girls in reality do not even notice him and “keep right on going”. Queenie also acts as if she doesn’t notice Sammy even though he claim that “She must have felt in the corner of her eye me and over my shoulder Stokesie in the second slot watching, but she didn 't tip”. The way that Queenie doesn’t pay attention to Sammy even when he stares at her or when he stands up for her, demonstrates how she disregards him because they are not from the same social level. She doesn’t pay attention to him because the restaurant was not somewhere she tries to find a partner or create a relationship. The difference in Queenie and Sammy’s attitude expresses how the lower class aims to be part of the upper social class, but they are

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