Socialization Of Cars

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The automobile industry impacted the way of life in The United States of America forever. The car used be a machine that only few rich people had and were slow to the point of inefficiency. However, with the introduction of combustion engines, cars became a faster and more efficient form of transportation in comparison to the carriage or the train for short distance travel. With the introduction of the assembly line, manufacturing cars took a significant cut in production time leading to cheaper production costs. Less time to build meant that more cars could be built in a timely matter. Simple supply and demand is reflected and the price of cars goes down as supply is high. Now middle class citizens can move out of the cramped cities leaving …show more content…
Cars are transportation. They are a tool used to get around places in a quick manner and designed as such but, like most utility items or practical items, expensive/luxury versions are created. The people that buy these luxury items tend to be rich people. Cars are one of tools that become a symbol of status. These cars are typically either fast, stylish, or are luxurious. Cars like Rolls Royce. Gatsby had a Rolls Royce in the story and it was a nice car. The car he has is a symbol of his wealth and merely uses it to show off. This behavior is common amongst everybody as getting a nice is impractical but, it amazes people and interests them. The color choice as week of the vehicles mean something. With cars be cheap, provided middle class citizens the mobility as the rich. The people that show up to parties in the great Gatsby are mostly middle class moochers. If it weren 't for the car, they wouldn 't be able to attend these parties. Along with the fact that these people come from the city/far from the area, it highlights a strong disconnect between Gatsby and his guests as they are just there to mooch off his wealth and lavish parties. There is a theme of middle class citizens wanting to live the high life in the book with myrtle and her sister showing up to Tom’s get …show more content…
Gatsby’s car is a yellow Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce exclusively make luxury vehicles and are their main demographics are usually rich people. The Rolls Royce is a car all about showing off. The color of the car is a bright and poppy yellow.” On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains.” (Fitzgerald, pg 43) This is perfect for a guy like Gatsby as he is all about show and showing off. His whole point in having a huge castle-esque mansion, a garden, servants, nice car, and throw huge parties is to show off and get attention. The attention he seeks is mainly Daisy of course as he quits parties as soon as she gets with him. The way Gatsby drives his car is symbolic of his life. He drives fast and without care. To put it in a word, he is reckless. This is evident in the fact that he is a criminal. The actions that happen to the cars reflect what happens to the owner’s life or foreshadows it. The act of Gatsby taking Tom’s car when they were headed to the city is symbolic of the fact that Gatsby is intruding on Tom’s life and stealing his girl, Daisy. The act of Gatsby’s car getting wrecked, foreshadows his inevitable death and that his life is going downhill. His life was wrecked.”A moment later she rushed out into the dusk,

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