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Wealth in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

            This response paper will concentrate on the theme of wealth in the novel The Great Gatsby by author F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. He is also the main representative of The Jazz Age, a term made up by him. His novel The Great Gatsby is one of the most popular works in American literature, even though it was a critical and commercial failure at first. The novel received acclaim and popularity only after Fitzgerald's death and is now considered a literary classic. It explores the themes of social decay, materialism, and idealism, and portrays the Roaring Twenties. This essay will argue that the way people obtain their wealth may differ and that it can even change their nature and personality. .
             The novel tells the story of Nick Carraway who is also the novel's narrator. He takes a job in New York and moves to a small house in a village called West Egg. His neighbour is the mysterious Jay Gatsby who is very popular for his parties. Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsby's parties and befriends him, only to find out that Gatsby wants Nick to.
             re-introduce him to his cousin Daisy Buchanan from East Egg, a girl Gatsby's been in love with for years. The two reconcile and start an affair, despite Daisy being married. As the novel progresses Nick is the beholder of the devastating chain of events that occur since the beginning of Gatsby's and Daisy's relationship, with some of them affecting even his life. During the writing process Fitzgerald was inspired by his own life and some of his own characteristics can be found in the two male lead characters.
             One of the main topics of The Great Gatsby is the sociology of wealth and the differences between people who came to their fortune in different ways. Most of the characters in the novel are members of the upper class and are very rich. Some of them have been rich since the beginning of their lives, but some have come to their riches on their own.

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