The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald 's Critique Of Marxism

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Fitzgerald’s critique of Marxism can be seen very clearly when comparing the massively wealthy Tom and Daisy Buchanan and the disparagingly poor Myrtle and George Wilson. Sharp lines are constantly drawn between the Buchanans and the Wilsons, but the sharpest of all came in the form of their vastly different ideas of life. While talking to Tom, George says, “‘I’ve been here too long. I want to get away. My wife and I want to go West….She’s been talking about it for ten years.” He rested for a moment against the pump, shading his eyes. “And now she’s going whether she wants to or not. I’m going to get her away’” (Fitzgerald 123). This shows the desolate and obsolete lifestyle George and Myrtle lead. It has taken ten years for Myrtle and George to decide to leave the Valley of Ashes. Meanwhile, Tom and Daisy, barely a day after Gatsby 's death, decide to spontaneously pack up their affluent lives in the West Egg and start a new life in the west. The class divide between the Wilsons, representing the proletariat, and the Buchanans, representing the upper crust society, is greatly highlighted by how quickly their respective decisions are made; these decisions are not insignificant, they will completely dictate the rest of the characters’ lives. Another discrete line is drawn between the upper and lower class through the actions of their members. Tom cares only about showing off his money in extravagant, often condescending displays. When buying a dog for his mistress,…

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