Inequality In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The Declaration of Independence, a statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (The Declaration of Independence). But are all men truly created equal? The American dream is the idea that every U.S. citizen has equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, shows the corruption of the American dream. The American dream is supposed to stand for the ability to make something out of one 's self, but …show more content…
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had” (Fitzgerald 1). Nick recognizes that he was born into a wealthy family, and that not everyone has had the opportunities he 's had due to his social ranking, such as attending a high prestige school. This inequality is known as social inequality, which is “the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society” (CEELBAS). The opportunities you are given are based on the ranking of your social position — lower class, middle class, or upper class. The American Dream leads us to believe that we are able to rise from rags to riches and achieve economic prosperity, but in all truthfulness, your social status is an almost permanent thing and is something not easily manipulated. According to Nation of Change “400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined” (Nation of Change). There are an estimated 323,564,301 people living in the United States. Just 400 Americans have more money than 161,782,150 of the United States citizens. As the saying goes: the rich get richer, and the poor get

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