Culture In The Great Gatsby

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Some people may oppose the fact that new money is better than old money. In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's book "The great Gatsby" the author compares all characters of new money and old money in New York and Long Island. Not only did Fitzgerald compare the money she compared the culture.The culture during the 1920s in New York was formal opposed to Long Island where the culture was extravagant. To begin with, In Fitzgerald 's novel the main character, Nick Carraway, is living on the west egg of Long Island. Nick lives in between two marvelous mansions in a small cottage. During the beginning of the Novel Nick describes the mansion next door “There was music from my neighbor 's house through the summer nights… Men and girls came and went like moths.”( …show more content…
Joshua Zeitz from gilderman.org, explains this statement. "America in the 1920s were undergoing dynamic changes… the country 's gross national product jumped from $69 billion to $93 billion… from a relative standpoint, America was rich, and it showed." For an understanding Zeitz explained when the city underwent changes it effected the cultural aspects throughout the city. For example, in "The Great Gatsby" Nick Carraway 's neighbor, Gatsby, lives in "...a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy...marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.” (Fitzgerald 5). By Nick describing his mansion, the readers can come to a complete understanding of how Gatsby 's house plays a big part in showing the cultural aspects of America 's riches in the 1920s. These cultural aspects define why New York and Long Island are a very important role in "The Great …show more content…
For example, on Long Island all of the large extravagant parties were held here. In the Novel, Nick attends one of the biggest parties at Gatsby 's mansion. As Nick arrives to the party he describes the overall atmosphere, " Rounds of floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter" (Fitzgerald 40). Gatsby 's party and every other party on Long Island have a very lively mood to it. Along with everything else, the parties on Long Island contribute to the culture. As for the Valley of Ashes, the men and women there don 't have the same activities. In chapter 2, page 35, Nick walks into the Valley Of Ashes to see "The ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud...". In this settings the men and women only work over the piles and piles of ashes because of all of the dumplings from New York. The culture here is extremely defiant from the other two. Finally, New York City spends their time almost the same way as Long Island. New York has its share of parties, maybe not as extravagant as Long Islands but rather small. For example when Nick goes to Tom 's Party he became very drunk and described the party, " until after eight o 'clock the apartment was filled with cheerful sun" ( Fitzgerald 29). The parties weren 't as big but they were more small and conservative than Long Islands. Every aspect in all three parts

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