Examples Of The Upper Class In The Great Gatsby

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During the 1920s the upper class society lived with tremendous power. They all shared similar personalities and attitudes towards life. All except one character, Jay Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is about an upper class society versus the working class. The upper class characters, Tom and Daisy, run into trouble because of their thirst for power. With this constant struggle of power and wealth between class, Marxism flows throughout the text. One character, Gatsby is portrayed as an upper class member, but is only his wealth maintaining that status for him. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses Gatsby to represent the lower class due to his love for Daisy, that he does not have control over, his need to lie about his past and fortune in order to fit in, and …show more content…
Despite a personas wealth, stereotypes of uncaring, self involved, and unfaithful also classify a person of the upper class. Two higher class characters, Tom and Daisy show these harsh attributes in which Nick describes when he knocks into Tom, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…”(Fitzgerald 170). The Buchanan’s are wealth people but also arrogant and uncaring which makes them the perfect pair. As Tom and Daisy escape the tragedy of Myrtle 's and Gatsby’s death they do not look back and leave their mess behind.Daisy has supposedly loved Gatsby but she didn’t have the care in the world to mourn at his funeral. This shows the mentality of the upperclass of being uncaring towards events that don 't affect them. Compared with Gatsby not showing these stereotypes and instead caring about people other than himself. By this caring nature it is clearly shown that he does not obtain the upper class stereotypes. Another way this is shown is by Gatsby willing to take the blame for Daisy for Myrtle 's death. Gatsby explains this as he talks to Nick, “‘Was Daisy driving?’ ‘Yes,’ he said after a moment, ‘but of course I’ll say I was.’”(Fitzgerald 137). The death of Myrtle brought up a lot of haste and anger with Tom and George, that whoever killed her would have severe problems through these men. Gatsby would rather fess up that he was the killer rather than the true killer Daisy, because he doesn 't want Daisy to have that trouble. The Buchanans would never make a sacrifice like that to anyone unless it would benefit them in some way, which connects to stereotype of self involved. Another common stereotype of the upper class is being unfaithful to a spouse. This is shown through Tom being

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