Great Gatsby

Jessica Schafer
Period 2
Fitzgerald’s Modern America
In the Great Gatsby ,by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there are three social classes, a man said to be a modern hero, and the “flawless American dream” within the short novel. Jay Gatsby ,whofalls in love with Daisy, does everything possible for her even though in the end he didn’t end up with his true love. Fitzgerald shows his readers that the three social classes have the same faults but different the way they portray them, Gatsby is a modern American hero despite everything the occurred and there are flaws within the American dream.
Fitzgerald engages his fans in the novel by showing that the three social classes all share the same faults but are different in the ways they hide and portray them to the public. Old money such as Daisy, Tom and Jordan hide their flaws to protect their reputation. When Tom is having an affair which occurs behind closed doors such as when “Tom and Daisy vanished… Toms got some woman in New York”(page 15). The people who are included in the “old money” group have to protect their reputation by hiding behind their manners, money and culturedappearances. At the time when Nick and Jordan gossip about Toms affair they make sure that they are all alone so no one will know or hear them gossiping. In chapter 2, the poor are truthful and don’t care about hiding their flaws and putting everything on the table such as being prejudice when Mrs. McKee says that “ I almost married a little kike” (page 34). People who have no money are straight forward because they have nothing to hide or to hide behind. They have nothing to lose, no money. The group considered as “new money” are stuck in between both groups and hide behind their alcohol such as when a very drunk man who crashes his coupe and said, “Wha’s matter?...Did we run outta gas?...At first I din’ notice we’d stopped” (page 54). This shows a huge amount of violence and carelessness because the “new money” followers don’t...