Great Gatsby essay on relationships

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Great Gatsby essay: to what extent are relationships doomed
Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ is set in America of the 1920’s, a predominantly materialistic society revolving around wealth and status above all else. Fitzgerald depicts this obsession with money and luxury through complicated relationships full of trouble, infidelity and sorrow. The relationships Fitzgerald portrays all symbolize the materialism and hedonism of the age; each relationship is doomed to a certain extent based on the social class of each character.

In the aftermath of WW1 America was a society rising commercially and economically, the idea of the ‘American Dream’ was rampant and with it an obsession with money. Love was deemed an
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The theme social class/status had an enormous influence on the failure of relationships in the novel. Both major relationships were doomed predominantly by the idea of the separation between social classes. In Tom and Myrtle’s case there is an extreme separation, Myrtle represents the ‘Valley of the Ashes’ a place of “grotesque gardens where ashes take the form of houses” while Tom represents the “white palaces of the fashionable East egg.” With Daisy and Gatsby however it is a more subtle conflict, the East egg and its inhabitants represent old money, aristocracy and elegance, a stark contrast to the West egg who’s inhabitants were rich from ‘new money’ full of parties and corruption depicting the ‘jazz age’. The people of the East felt morally superior, when Daisy attended one of Gatsby’s parties she was “appalled by the West egg” and its “raw vigour”. The bay between the two eggs was metaphoric for the social divide which separated them, Gatsby for one could not cross it while Daisy was not willing, and therefore their relationship was doomed.

The nature of society of the American 1920’s was what caused relationships to be doomed, the only relationships even slightly successful were those of convenience and similar social standing such as Nick and Jordan’s and to an extent the Buchanan’s. Nick and Jordan came to be together out of sheer circumstance, from early on Nick found Jordan “incurably dishonest” and questioned her moral values, however they stayed

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