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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald chronicles the vapid materialistic lives of the upper class of Long Island during the booming times of the Jazz Age The characters in the novel do not work and live solely for the purpose of amassing their wealth recklessly indulging themselves and displaying their affluence The excess of their lifestyle is shown through their enormous houses their extravagant parties and their indulgence in alcohol Nothing in their daily lives is spared from this outrageous standard of living and the automobiles that they drive are no exception Throughout The Great Gatsby the issue of class wealth and the American Dream is illustrated literally and metaphorically through the use of the automobile For most Americans the automobile was simply a means of transportation but for the upper crust of society that wasnt concerned about commuting to a factory the car was a symbol of wealth and prosperity Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby both own extravagant cars in order to project their high class and wealthy image Its pretty isnt it old sport Havent you ever seen it before Id seen it Everybody had seen it It was a rich cream color bright with nickel swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and toolboxes and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen sons Page 68 Gatsbys car is described as very luxurious and very expensive For the wealthy residents of Long Island the automobile was used as a way to display how wealthy someone was Gatsbys car was the nicest car that money could buy The car is a frivolous possession for these people and is seen much in the same way as a toddler sees a new toy When Tom Buchanan pulls up to Wilsons garage in a brand new luxury car he nonchalantly mentions to Wilson that he just bought the car last week For Wilson the purchase of
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