The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1542 Words Apr 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout history, the lives of the wealthy elite have always starkly contrasted with the rest of the population. Plutocrats would glance down from their golden towers at the masses with disinterest, too occupied with their own fortunes and privileges. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, delves deeper into this division between the classes and the differences between dreams and reality. Set in New York during the 1920s, it tells the story of Nick Carraway and his experiences in the Eastern United States. He encounters the wealthy extraordinaire Jay Gatsby and helps him realize his dream of being with Nick’s cousin: Daisy Buchanan; this dream leads the protagonists to multiple conflicts and ultimately, tragedy. Yet the glitz and glamour in the book are notably absent from the real America during the 1920s. In reality, the lives of the main characters were well above the vast majority of Americans. Beneath them were urban middle-class citizens who too took part in the joys of the 1920s, but never to the extent of Gatsby and his lavish parties. At the rock bottom was a significant portion of Americans, the poor, those who did not have their American dream realized and were consequently left out of the economic boom. Fitzgerald’s social commentary in The Great Gatsby illuminates the failure of that dream in the 1920s, that while a few lived it, there were many who did not.
In comparison to the wild frenzy of Gatsby’s city, 1920s America was rather tame. Still, it…

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