Analysis Of Walter Benn Michaels 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

757 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Walter Benn Michaels starts off the piece with the topic of classism. But instead of taking the traditional approach, he decides to use the writings and opposing viewpoints of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As he breaks down the classism in The Great Gatsby, he introduces the way people seek separation and makes a transition into the topic of diversity. From there he explained how the living definition of diversity has changed over time and is now a widely accepted concept. However, he highlights how he thinks diversity shouldn’t be a tool used to erase identity and differences but instead embraced. Finally, Michaels ends where he began with a message of economic equality.
Fitzgerald famously told Hemingway, “The rich are different than you and me.” To which he replied, “Yes they have more money than you and me.” Even though Fitzgerald thought that the way he thought about the rich was problematic, he still found himself “mythologizing and sentimentalizing the rich” and treating them as a “special glamorous race”. Alternatively, Hemingway simplified the differences, he believed that it was just a matter of belongings and race. Despite their polar opinions, Michaels believes that they both saw that the differences between the castes go beyond bank statements.
To expand on this point Michaels begins to address and dismantle the classism in Fitzgerald’s bestseller The Great Gatsby, the quote “We’re all white here” this introduced the point that people always try to…

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