The Decadence Of Money In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The difference between old money and new money has nothing to do with currency.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Published in 1925 manifests the corrupted idealism of the elite caste. This fictional story portrays the life of Jay Gatsby, a self-made man residing in the lucrative, newly wealthy West Egg section of town. Furthermore, Gatsby is stubbornly committed to climbing the social and economic latter and to winning back his beloved previous lover Daisy. Daisy now married to Tom Buchanan and mother of a young girl by the name of Pammy, lives in the distinctive East Egg section, known for its great influence and wealth from generations of inherited family money. Fitzgerald repedily emphasizes money is not the only factor that
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Despite his attempts to achieve greater wealth and shift his caste position, societal norms and prejudices against Gatsby prevent his fully assimilating.
Gatsby earned his money through unlawful enterprise earning unscrupulous among the elite class.
First and foremost, Buchanan exposes Gatsby’s illegal business of Bootlegging as he states,“He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That's one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him and I wasn’t far wrong” (Fitzgerald 141) Gatsby’s lucrative business with gangster, Wolfsheim connects him to the illegal production of alcohol in the underworld of New York. Buchanan representing the established quasi-aristocratic class, frowns upon the origin of Gatsby’s rise to prosperity. Lena emphasizes that the socioeconomic first caste, those who reinvent themselves, do not fit into societal norms. The self-governing, extremely motivated group are not able to conform to law or morality making movement between classes unrealistic.
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Carraway marvels at the lavish vehicle, “He saw me looking with admiration at his car. ‘It’s pretty, isn’t it, old sport?’ ... It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns.”(Fitzgerald 96) Tom Buchanan previously described Gatsby’s car as a “circus wagon”, yet, Carraway portrays its great beauty and costly appearance. Therefore, despite Buchanan’s claim that new money is not equal to old money Gatsby is able to afford lavish and exotic possessions consistent with that of the highest caste. In addition, Daisy, likewise to Carraway, is fascinated by Gatsby’s display of wealth. Fitzgerald writes, “With enchanting murmurs Daisy admired this aspect or that of the feudal silhouette against the sky, admired the gardens, the sparkling odor of jonquils and the frothy odor of hawthorn and plum blossoms and the pale gold odor of kiss-me-at-the-gate.”(Fitzgerald 68) Although Gatsby is considered lower in class, he still is able to woe Daisy with his opulent mansion. Gatsby's ability to impress a member of East Egg with his well maintained and extravagant home shows that he was temporarily able to step up a rung on the social

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