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High society - the upper class has always been viewed by those in and around it as a place of false appearances and sugar coated deceptions F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby supports and illustrates this notion The focus of The Great Gatsby is North Eastern wealth specifically that of Tom and Daisy Buchanan A passage describing the Buchanans friend Jordan Bakers drunken state is a perfect symbol for their own situation Miss Bakers lips fluttered she nodded at me almost imperceptibly 13 Much like Miss Bakers own faux composure Tom and Daisy struggle to maintain an image of peace and harmony Tom is trapped between two worlds - that of his family life in East Egg and that of his not so secret life in New York City At his magnificent home in Long Island Toms marriage is already past the point of failure Relations with his wife are beyond strained as is evident in the cool formality with which they interact and the occasional lapses in this facccedilade which reveal the strife Did you give Nick a little hear-to-heart talk on the verandah demanded Tom suddenly Dont believe everything you hear 24 On the mainland Toms life his other woman Myrtle Wilson is not stable either Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broker her nose with his open hand 41 The exact graveness of the situation is indicated by the escalation of Tom and Myrtles private problems to public albeit drunken violence Tom is in the middle of two disastrous relationships with women and as a result has fallen into an equally tempestuous relationship within himself Nick notices this after his initial dinner visit - Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egoism no longer nourished this peremptory heart 25 - where Nick has been witness to one of this inner conflicts manifestations Civilizations going to pieces broke out
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