The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1238 Words May 26th, 2016 5 Pages
The “Roaring Twenties” in America was a period of time in the 1920’s after the first World War with little economic troubles, and the birth of jazz music. It was also a time of Prohibition, parties and class distinctions. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a novel about a man trying to find the woman he loves by achieving the American dream during the Roaring Twenties, displays the differences between social classes. Fitzgerald introduces the traits of people with old money, and an established reputation, and people with new money, and no family background. Jay Gatsby, the novel’s flashy but hard working protagonist, acquires money and becomes a person of new money, in order to win over the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Nonetheless, she and her careless, corrupt and arrogant husband, Tom Buchanan, are of old money. Gatsby’s and the Buchanan’s personality traits, like arrogance, carelessness, flashiness, and determination, allow Fitzgerald to give an explanation of the development of the characteristics of people with old and new money. In The Great Gatsby the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, uses the characteristics of the Buchanans and Gatsby to differentiate the people of wealth in America during the 1920’s. The Buchanans are described as arrogant which represents the traits of people of old money. In the beginning of the novel, when Tom Buchanan is first introduced he is seen to be yelling at someone on the phone. In The Great Gatsby, Tom said, “‘Now, don’t…

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