The working class identity Gatsby has

The working class identity Gatsby has, goes on to shape his identity through the novel. This may allegory of a diminishing American dream in 1920’s America, which has a prevalence through the novel. The original founding fathers of America established the dream as part of the American declaration of independence to be the individual pursuit of happiness, however by the early 20th century the American dream has been subverted to mean the financial gain of individuals. Gatsby has therefore ironically gained the material wealth but has still to gain the individual happiness he so dreadfully requires though a higher status. This contrasts the idea of the financial “boom” of the 1920’s and the ideas of the Laissez-faire government, which promised greater prosperity and clarity for all. However for Gatsby his wealth is not enough to hide his identity to Daisy as she ultimately chooses old money Tom over “Mr nobody for nowhere” . A phrase that highlights how in Tom’s eyes Gatsby still holds the working class identity he so desperately tries to hide. His identity of a working class man hiding behind the disguise of an aristocrat is obvious to all but him. Gatsby’s gorgeous car which was a “triumphant” yellow which was “swollen her and there in its monstrous length” highlights how his car is almost as flash and gaudy as the fake identity Gatsby portrays.


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