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A successful piece of social commentary selects an issue or feature of a society and identifies a series of aspects that contribute to that society By doing this the author raises the awareness amongst readers and makes them reconsider the accepted state of affairs and challenges a position held on those certain issues F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby is a severe indictment on American society in the 1920s with particular emphasis on the disintegration of the American dream corrupted by materialism of the upper class the moral decay and carelessness of the wealthy The Great Gatsby is successful in that his comments are a readily accessible feature of his book through the use of contrast and symbolism The web article Miss Betty Bowers criticizes modern day celebrities and the Catholic Church through the use of exaggeration puns language and tone The movie American Beauty is a strong criticism on the family structure and values of society in the 1990s Both Miss Betty Bowers and American Beauty are both extremely successful in making social comments by using satire to deliver their messages The Great Gatsby reflects the social attitudes of the time and positions its characters as symbols of the 1920s social trends It includes comments on the underlying motives of the American dream the excesses enjoyed purely for the sake of hedonistic fulfillment and the acceptance of corruption in society The American Dream in this novel is presented throughout as a materialistic dream focused only on acquiring wealth and possession Fitzgerald successfully uses contrast between East Egg and West Egg to represent these values The West Egg represents the new money portrayed as being vulgar and lacking in social taste On the other hand the East egg represents the old money and possesses grace taste and elegance The lives of the Buchanans in East Egg are filled with material comforts and luxuries yet are empty of purpose Even though Tom and Daisy
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