F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, The Great Gatsby is about The Decline of the American Dream in the 1920s. It reveals the struggles and the emblems of social trends. This theme is evident through the character of Jay Gatsby and when he held his famous party.
"People were not invited-they went there."(Fitzgerald 41) This quote shows that gatsby only chose the finest people to attend.
"I was immediately struck by the number of young English men dotted about; all well dressed, all looking a little hungry and all talking in low, earnest voices to solid and prosperous Americans." (Fitzgerald 42) This quote explains the theme by showing only the rich could attend Gatsbys party.
"I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth." (Fitzgerald) Here, Nick says that money isn't the only thing that some people are born to. Some people are naturally just nicer and more honest: they have more "sense of the fundamental decencies."
“Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven—a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.” (Fitzgerald 6)
"His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked-and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts." (Fitzgerald 7))