Social Classes in the Great Gatsby Essay

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is famous as one of the greatest authors of the twenties. He is referred to as a member of the "Lost Generation". His books deal with the idealism and the disillusion of the post-World-War-1 decade and also with the struggle of the American society to find spiritual happiness and material wealth (Di Bacco 525). Long describes Fitzgerald as "central to the American twenties" or "historian of the golden twenties". "He names the Jazz Age" (177). In his novel The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald describes the social circumstances in the USA in the 1920s with typical representatives of in this time existing social classes in the post-war decade.
Wilson can be seen as a representative of the poor people of those
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That force took shape [...] with [...] Tom [...]. Daisy was flattered." (Fitzgerald 157)
In spite of being a charming and lovely young woman, she gives herself over to her passiveness; she allows it to happen that she lives an unhappy relationship with Tom cheating on her. But one can imagine that she longs for more attention when she asks Nick if she is missed by the people in her home town Chicago (Fitzgerald 16). Moreover, she takes into consideration to take back Gatsby, who actually made her feel like a cherished woman.
But this temporary change of mind cannot dissemble what she desires her daughter and herself to be, namely a fool. According to her opinion, "that′s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool" (Fitzgerald 24). Surely feeling deceived by her husband, she actually wishes that she wasn′t so "sophisticated" (Fitzgerald 24) and had never got wind of Tom′s affairs. Nick fancies that Daisy is supposed "to rush out of the house, child in arms - but apparently there [are] no such intentions in her head" (Fitzgerald 27), for she somehow still loves that man she once was so mad about with "unfathomable delight" (Fitzgerald 83).
Although Daisy seems to be a charming person in the beginning, she turns out to be a careless, money-oriented hypocrite. Her "absurd, charming little

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