Class Conflict In The Great Gatsby

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A certain fixation on the riches of life and the benefits of such immense wealth has slowly morphed into a deep idolization and envy of those who leave no desire unfurnished. Social perks come bountifully to those who were born into their wealth and are earned by the nouveau-riche who strike gold through chance and luck. However, society becomes demoralized and hyper-materialized with the prospect of high rank and nobility that accompanies wealth. Though nearly a century apart, the moral and social themes in The Great Gatsby correlate to the greed and social complexes that result from the pursuit of the American Dream today. As prevalent as they are in society today, the morals of those in the spotlight are nearly impossible to ignore. The …show more content…
The quintessence of class conflict exists in the character of Gatsby. Gatsby’s,”background is cosmopolitan, his past a mystery, his temperament that of an opportunist entirely oblivious to the claims of people or the world outside”(Dyson 64). Gatsby started out in the military, and worked his way into Oxford. However, he never allowed himself to be considered a man of Oxford because he stayed there only a month. He became involved in the risky business of organized crime with a man named Dan Cody. Cody was the link between Gatsby and the life of the upper class: luxury, ease, and an incredible amount of wealth. It can be said that Gatsby’s original American Dream was living a life of luxury with Daisy. Eventually, his dream morphed into pursuing Daisy. Fitzgerald appears,”...to be suggesting that the American Dream lies in the limitless possibilities in being human while warning of the risks in losing sight of those possibilities in the glare of wealth and its accoutrements”(McAdams 1). Gatsby made his living so quickly through the means of selling and trafficking drugs. He was willing to escape the class he was born into through any means necessary. He felt conflicted between the lower class of his parents and the higher class of his dreams. Many a mobster has come through the American system over the years. Al Capone, John Dillinger, Jr.,and Richard Kuklinski were all infamous organized crime members. Now, organized crime in the form of mobs is less prevalent, but there are still certain misdoings that take place in the government and in the top sector of the economy. Donald Trump’s political and governmental career is riddled with secrets and scandals. He has been accused of money laundering, theft, and several other forms of business crime. All of this was in an attempt to keep himself out of the lower

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