The Great Gatsby Preston Baumgartner

In the Great Gatsby society/social class play a big role in your life and who you are as a person and where you will look to be at in the future, not only does it describe you as a person but it also effects the people that surround you and who you choose to be ascotiated with. In The Great Gatsby this theme is very relevant and plays a huge role in every character especially Gatsby.

Gatsby and Daisy

Myrtle raised her eyebrows in despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders."These people! You have to keep after them all the time." Chapter 2 (69-70). Myrtle feels as if she talks and acts a certain way then she'll fit in with a certain class but everyone knows the truth about her.


"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." Chapter 8 (44-45). Daisy and tom have been born with money but really aren't worth anything, but Gatsby is.

Daisy and Tom after Gatsby Death.

"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money of their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other poeple clean up the mess they had made" Chapter 9 Tom and Daisy were obviously weren't the greatest of people, Daisy still had loved Gatsby even after he died but yet Tom is still the one she goes after.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Chapter . The opening sentence to the book really describes not just Gatsby but most characters in the book, not everyone is born rich and have inherited money like Gatsby.

Jay Gatsby

But I didn't call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone- he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward- and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. Chapter 1. Jay Gatsby looked at the green light at Daisy's house as if were a light of happiness, freedom and also as if it was a brighter future ahead

"She's not leaving me!" Toms words suddenly leaned down over Gatsby " Certainly not for a common swindler who'd have to steal the ring he put on her finger" Chapter 7. Tom Buchanan is a jerk basically, he says it like it is, this quote describes him talking about Gatsby in one of the most wrong ways no one should talk about somebody else.

Tom Buchanan

Unlike Nick, Tom is arrogant and dishonest, advancing racist arguments at dinner and carrying on relatively public affairs. Chapter 1. This indirect quote describes Tom in a way where it is true.

The Green Light

The green light, is my symbol towards the book, the light represents Gatsbys future and brighter days more towards Daisy then anything else , it really does reach out to Gatsby in a way that most people can't explain, his love for Daisy was more then anyone could Imagine and that's what the green light means.

"Dream that must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it" Chapter 1. Jay Gatsby had a dream, a brighter future for the one he loved, he could just hardly fail to grasp it.

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