Is everything all about wealth in The Great Gatsby? Throughout this novel, one of the main themes is the hollowness of the upper class. As explained in the novel, the East eggers are considered a part of the new wealth and the West eggers are considered a part of the old aristocracy. Is wealth the only thing that makes you a part of society? The book does not really expound on the lower class or how they live, so can you truly say there is one. Is this book only about the life of the upper class or the life of the “The Great Gatsby” himself as interpreted from the title?
Initially, the first you see of wealth in the novel is when the difference between the East and West eggers is pronounced. Reading further into the novel, the only things that pop out to you is wealth and the mysterious Gatsby. Many people during this time are wealthy or trying ...view middle of the document...
Wealth was the only thing people were thinking about during the 1920’s. This was a time everything came about take the stock market, industrialization and modernization, and the prohibition for example. This was considered the party era, and the only ones throwing the parties were the wealthy or the upper class. The novel gives vivid details about these parties especially the ones thrown by Gatsby. People just show up to these extravagant parties without any invitation. We are introduced to flappers, alcohol, feast, and orchestras at these parties. Wealth was the only thing seen at these parties and during these times.
Eventually the tables turn toward Gatsby. Questions that were being asked earlier in the novel are finally being answered toward the end of the book. In the beginning, we were not so sure who Gatsby is or what he does. We did not know whether we could trust his answers or not. The only known fact about Gatsby was that he was wealthy and a part of the army. How did he become rich, was the most asked question from the readers and the characters. The first thing that came to mind is that he does some secret work for the army. Then, Gatsby starts to become a suspicious character when Nick Carraway thinks about Gatsby not getting a speeding ticket when they are pulled over on their way to New York. First thing that comes to mind is because Gatsby is wealthy that is why he did not receive a ticket, but then we are introduced to Gatsby’s friend that does underground work. Finally, in chapter seven, we find out that Gatsby is a bootlegger, a person who does, or sales illegal things.
Overall, everything collides together in the end. Everything that deals with wealth is closely related to Gatsby. Throughout the novel, Gatsby is in between everything. Gatsby and the upper class make up this novel and without the upper class, we would not fully understand the story. In the end, everything that we questioned in the beginning is answered or comes together in the end of the book.