Essay The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1810 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald places the rich into two conflicting categories, new money and old money. People of old money inherited their wealth, such as Tom and Daisy Buchanan, therefore they do not work rather they just flaunt their money and spend time amusing themselves doing anything they desire and feel money can solve any problem. People of new money are self made men who recently acquired their wealth and are merely a product of the 1920’s boom in economics, your classic “rags to riches” story, such as Gatsby. Both the novel and movie create a conflict between the two groups where one feels there better than the other and are constantly bumping heads throughout the story. The novels figurative geography demonstrates the battle between old money and new money. West Egg is set to represent the self made rich while East Egg represents aristocracy. Although Gatsby is as wealthy, if not more, as the Buchanans because he is a self made man they feel they are more superior than him and looked down upon.
The social elite feel that new money cannot be like them. People of new money,who live in West Egg, are not familiar with living the lavish lifestyle because they recently acquired their wealth unlike people of old money, who live in East Egg, for the reason that they were born into money. Gatsby is an example of this because he tries to be very flashy and tends to be irresponsible with his money. Fitzgerald wrote the idea that West egg represents an…

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