Essay on Social Status and Feminism in The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby may appear to be a simple tragic romance; however, within the text, Fitzgerald identifies and defines social gaps and importance of wealth. He also presents women within a very separate space as the men. The Great Gatsby allows the reader to enter into the world of wealth and experience the joys and tragedies of being within this certain class as well as allowing the reader to interpret the position of gender inside the class.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,' he [my father] told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had" (Gatsby 1). This quote was possibly the backbone of the narrator's actions and character. Through out the
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Were the words of his father truly the reason that he just forgot that Gatsby didn't always have money?

The narrator could have over looked the fact that he didn't always have money because he was so caught up in the money that he currently had. Or a more probable explanation could be that the narrator had already formed a "bond" with Gatsby before discovering his young lifestyle of the lower class. With this explanation, Fitzgerald reiterates the idea of social levels of money. He proves that the current existence of money justifies the acceptance of the character. The quote at the beginning of this essay then becomes questionable in its true meaning. The question of whether the narrator truly had a love for Gatsby or respected him for his money was never truly approached or even shadowed upon by Fitzgerald. It is simply an interesting comparison for the novel. Does his learning from his father make a difference to his respect of this wealthy man that he befriends? Readers may think it doesn't, as the book is of a romanticized genre of tragedy, but the question arises to other readers as the narrator exceedingly describes materialistic aspects of Gatsby and his belongings, as well as the guests to his home. Even when describing Daisy, he says, "her voice is full of money" (Gatsby 127).

On a separate level, Fitzgerald gives a slight critique of gender roles and boundaries. Fitzgerald not only

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