How does Fitzgerald strikingly convey the veneer and weakness of American Society in the 1920(TM)s in The Great Gatsby(Ch.1)

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How does Fitzgerald strikingly convey the veneer and weakness of American Society in the 1920’s in “The Great Gatsby”(Ch.1)

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the book “The Great Gatsby”, in which he strikingly conveys the veneer and weakness of the American Society in the 1920’s. We can notice this in characters such as; Nick, Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker. And settings like; East Egg and West Egg. The veneer and weakness is clearly noticed because of description and the way the characters talk, and are.

Nick Carraway’s is the narrated of the book. In the first pages, Nick contradicts himself. In the firsts lines of Chapter 1 he says: “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone(…) just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had”. This quote suggests that Nick is a tolerant, nonjudgmental person, proud, with his feet on the ground. “A sense of fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth”, and have had better “decencies” than most people. Nick was in New York and now has strong negative reactions to his experience in New York. But despite all this, he highly admires Gatsby. “Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn” like New York, and the ways of thinking about the world. Still, Nick has a weakness towards Gatsby, who was a very important figure in New York in the 1920’s, and also is his neighbor in West Egg.

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Tom Buchanan “in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch”, a very arrogant man, just by the way he stands we can assume he has “supercilious manners”, and a lot of power. His power could not be hidden “not even (with) the effeminate swank of his riding clothes”. This character is Daisy’s husband, Daisy is Nick’s second cousin. Tom lives in East Egg, he has an enormous old wealth. Nick is fascinated by the way “a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that. (“he’d brought down a string of polo ponies ...

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