Social Compressions In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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What is society? Is it the people we surround ourselves with? Or the those who know next to nothing about us, yet judge? It is human nature to judge people on first impressions. First impressions are very basic and many times biased or totally false because you have yet to “scratch the iceberg of their personality”. That is where social standings come in, most people believe that the more people you surround yourself with, the more social you are, but it’s a mixture of that and also what random people think of you. Wealth, fidelity, and race majorly affect a person’s social standing.
It is said that money doesn't buy happiness but in fact money can provide you with a happiness that poverty sucks you dry of. Nick Carraway at first glance seems a bit arrogant yet pleasant at the same time which is proved by him saying that his father told him “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one”... “Just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” (3 Fitzgerald). This also makes it seem as though Nick comes from wealthy beginnings. Speaking of wealth, many decide on your
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“I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read ‘The Rise of the Colored Empires’ by this man Goddard?... The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be — will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved... It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.” (Fitzgerald 15). Back in the early 1900’s you would not find a high class “colored” man and or woman, at least in the U.S., because they were “below” the white race. Most rich people had servants as well and they were usually black. These class systems do not exist anymore though no one can deny the fact that some racism still

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