The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1013 Words Sep 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Boldly stated within a viral video titled "Wealth Inequality in America" is that "[most people] certainly don 't have to go as far as Socialism to find something that is fair for hardworking Americans," a statement that colorfully highlights one of the largest issues in America today: the wealth gap. Using statistics, the creator of the video proves that the saying “While the rich get richer, the poor get poorer” is true; as the rich are given an excess of opportunities to gain more money, the poor are not given a chance improve their status. Similarly, Robert Frank in his The New York Times article, "When the Rich-Poor Gap Widens 'Gatsby ' Becomes a Guidebook” describes how money brings about personal attractiveness in both the setting of the novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and today’s society. A main character of the book, Tom Buchanan, is practically the epitome of both wealth and status, displaying the disparity between the wealthy and the poor through both his character and his relationships with others. Through Tom 's personality and actions, Fitzgerald depicts the sad truth of the power of money and how it affects the wealth gap, ultimately changing the lives of the people on both sides of it. Born into a rich life, Tom Buchanan is a reckless, controlling man displaying fake attractiveness with his inheritance. Along with a need to act superior towards those he meets, whether by sizing himself up or by pushing others down, Tom uses his money…

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