Theme Of Communism In The Great Gatsby

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As America entered its industrial age following the end of the Reconstruction Era, many people from different countries migrated to America for a new life. However, a majority of the immigrants were treated poorly in their workplace and lived in tenements, where the living conditions were extremely poor. Due to this significant wide divergence between the rich and the poor, labor unions in factories and corporations began to form under the principle that the collective labor will impose its wishes on the wealthier business owners. In 1848, German political theorist Karl Marx published the Communist Manifesto. In the Communist Manifesto, Marx argued that the ultimate source of the problem is capitalism. This became known as the theory of communism: a political theory that advocates for the termination of social class, and leads to a society where property is publicly owned and each person is paid according to their potential and demands. The ideas of communism are present in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great …show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the poor are being treated poorly because of their social class; Fitzgerald argues that this is due to America’s capitalist society that creates this wide divergence between the rich and the poor, and that there will be a decline in social class if America creates a communist …show more content…
As seen in the book, the poor get treated very poorly due to their financial condition. Fitzgerald claims that the oppression the poor face is due to America’s capitalist society. One of the most famous symbols in The Great Gatsby was the green light, which symbolized hopes and dreams. For Karl Marx and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the ‘green light’ symbolized the promise of a communist society, where the lives of all people would be prosperous and inequality would be

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