Social Class Structure In The Great Gatsby
In Short, the American dream of attaining fortune and happiness was the central idea in the minds of most Americans of the 1920s. The influence of the industrial revolution motivated people to fulfil their ambitions, either honestly or dishonestly. In so doing, American people were characterised by corruption and oppression of one group of people …show more content…
We intend to show the different classes that the author has captured in the novel. Our study will try to show how the author locates of his characters according to their social standing in the society. It will then show how the newly moneyed class lacks the refinement, manners and taste of the old rich. It also aims at pointing out the stratifications and class representation that result from class …show more content…
It takes a group of people and sets them going about the business of life. We came to see these people in their complexity of temperament and motive. They are in applicable relation to nature, to each other, to their social class, to their own past (12-13).
In the novel, Fitzgerald treats the themes which are related to everybody’s life. Class stratification is therefore interesting since it can lead to domination. Location and class differences are also the main cause of the domination. In the same regard, Fitzgerald uses characters who are representative of human kind and every life in our societies. Thus, William Troy affirms that Fitzgerald has projected his personality into his characters.
This is expressed in Ernest Lockridge’s The Twentieth Century interpretation of The Great Gatsby as follows:
But in Gatsby is achieved a dissociation by which Fitzgerald was able to isolate one part of himself, the spectatorial or aesthetic and also the more intelligent and responsible in the person of the ordinary but quite sensible narrator from another part of himself, the self-dream-ridden romantic adolescent from St Paul and Princeton, in the person of the legendary Jay Gatsby