The Role of Wealth and Poverty in The Great Gatsby

This topic calls for an analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, specifically in regards to how both wealth and poverty are portrayed within the novel. How do the rich live in East and West Egg as opposed to the poor in the Valley of Ashes? What is implied by this portrayal? What can readers learn from Fitzgerald’s portrayal about attitudes about class in the 1920s?

  • Wealth and poverty have always been tangled together in the landscape of the class struggles of the 1920s. The way they are depicted in the novel is a brutal, realistic representation of the realities of the time. – Kaya 8 years ago

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