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The Great Gatsby Essay

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“Discuss the ways in which a text offers a representation of a type of person or a group of people. Refer to at least one text.

Texts, through the use of characters, have the ability to represent to us a certain group of people. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prominent novel, The Great Gatsby, we are introduced to the complex and eminent group of the 1920’s, the Aristocrats. The characters Daisy and Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Jay Gatsby himself, exemplify the stereotypical characteristics that the American upper class of the 1920’s possessed. The novel also illustrates the division within the upper-class, which separated, namely the noble and prestigious aristocrats from old money ...view middle of the document...

Gatsby tells her to stop the car, but she does not possess the morality to do such a thing,” Daisy stepped on it. I tried to make her stop, but she couldn’t”.

Tom Buchanan is “representing and embodying the sort of devouring self pleasuring and hypocritical materialism that the stupendous and ruthless success of the nineteenth-century capitalism fostered and enabled. Like his wife, Daisy, Tom values wealth. He is very rich, in his eyes making him superior to those with less advantages then him. Tom makes a point of showing of his wealth, in an attempt to gain status. When showing his house to Nick he claims, “I’ve got a nice place here it belonged to the demaine oil man”. Tom like the rest of the upper class considers power important. He constantly speaks to George Wilson about selling a car, when really he never intends to do this. He is purely toying with George in order to obtain the power he yearns for, “very well then I won’t sell you the car at all”. Tom also values knowledge and is a pseudo-intellectual. He states facts, on the assumption this will make him knowledgeable, as he insists, “it’s a fine book and everyone ought to read it. It’s scientific, it’s all been proven”.

Jordan baker furthers the theme of the decline of morality leading to the corruption of the American dream. Instead of working for her prestigious title, she earns in through corrupt means. Jordan Baker is a professional golfer, and is highly admired for her skill. Jordan is from a wealthy family, and has been spoilt her entire life. She is so used to having her own way that she cheats in a golf tournament to continue having her way. Jordan also represents the risqué behaviour of the upper-class as she smokes and drinks. She...

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