The Jazz Age and The Roaring Twenties were a time of abundant wealth, experiments in lifestyles, music, and more leisure time. The Great Gatsby takes place in the 1920’s and is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young graduate from Yale, who came to New York to learn about bonds. Nick resides in the West Egg subdivision of long island, which is an unfashionable wealthy area of people who have gaudy displays of their riches on the weekends. Unlike the residents of West Egg, East Egg residents have hade their money for a number of years and have obtained a certain prestige, which others wish they had. Through this rivalry F. Scoot Fitzgerald portrays the negative connotation associated with aristocrats in The Great Gatsby.
The communal differences between East Egg and West Egg represent the monetary barrier between social classes. Gatsby, being from West Egg “represents the world of the ostentatious newly rich; however, he remains a romantic idealist.” (Hickey 4) Throughout the novel Gatsby is trying to break through this barrier between old and new money to get Daisy, the girl he is in love with, to run away from her marriage and life to go on a whim and be with him. However by the end of the book “Gatsby can never hope to obtain Daisy because he doesn’t have the right kind of money” (Hickey 5) Daisy being the shallow conceded person she is lets the stereotype of West Egg people convince her to not take a chance and be truly happy with Gatsby because she cared more about being comfortable and not having to worry about money.
The parties thrown by Gatsby are a symbol of the greed struggle for wealth between East Egg and West Egg. Hoping that Daisy will come to one of his parties, Gatsby throws one almost
every weekend wishing that Daisy would be a “fool-that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” (Fitzgerald 17) meaning that she could be in another frame of thought and he would then maybe have a chance with her. But Daisy not...