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Gatsby as a Social Commentary on American LifeThe Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald has been celebrated as one of the greatest if not the greatest American novel Yet this is ironic for the society which has so hailed the book is precisely that which is criticized throughout it Politically the American dream was a foundation of ideals and hopes for any and every American individual Specifically one of the ideals was an American dream free of class distinction that every person has the opportunity to be whomever they hope to be In a sort of Cinderella-like fashion it is in essence an ideal of social mobility and freedom The social reality however is far more cruel Because of the harsh truth of social America by way of its pretentiousness and decadence the American dream is lost Through Nicks honest and poignant observation the parallel lives of Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby reflect The Great Gatsby as a social commentary about the polluted American DreamMyrtle is that infamous model of how the political and social ideals of America conflict so that the American dream becomes a nightmare Contrary to the naivete the American dream there are indeed fine class distinctions With them comes certain social boundaries In a sense it is almost as if there are unspoken sumptuary laws understood by low and high classed individuals alike Myrtle Wilson is no exception Instead of abiding by them Myrtle who represents the low and ignorant class of America tried to break the social barriers and thus pursues wealth by any means necessary Using her sexuality and vulgar mien she becomes false for abandoning and dismissing her own social foundation and like Nick we as readers are repulsed by her grotesque approach to entering the rich class At one point and quite humorously to the knowing onlooker Myrtle complains about a service done for her that was so expensive that when she gave Myrtle the bill youd
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