Great Gatsby and the Uglies

Trapped in the minds

The adventure novel The Uglies is a story about characters, whose life is full of desperation, social classes and appearances. When it’s time for Tally Youngblood to turn ‘Pretty’, she is caught between different aspects going on in her life. In the novels The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Jay Gatsby and Tally Youngblood are desperate to be part of the upper class. The societies in the two novels have similar settings and expectations. In those novels, the Buchanan’s and the Pretties present the theme appearance vs. reality. The Great Gatsby and The Uglies are both stories that show how society’s standards and expectations affect characters’ mentalities with consequences for humanity.
Jay Gatsby and Tally Youngblood are desperate to be part of the upper class where they feel the need to change themselves to fit in. At the beginning of the novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a very mysterious character that the reader is lead to believe that he is from a high social class where he is accepted by everyone. But as the book goes along, we are revealed that it turns out to be far from the truth. They make it seem like he is part of the upper class because he is known for the lavish parties he throws each weekend at his mansion in West Egg to which people long to be invited and for all his fancy clothing and cars. As it’s described in the book, the parties were incredible and everyone is having fun;  
"The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introduction forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names." (Fitzgerald, 42)
But he was really just doing all of this because he is feeling pressured to be accepted by the upper class from East Egg and to be loved again by Daisy Buchanan. He even gets accused of gaining his wealth by bootlegging...