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Social commentary in The Great Gatsby

Throughout the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes many comments on the problems of contemporary society (the US in the 1920s). Often Fitzgerald directly uses the story’s narrator, Nick Carraway, to present these reflections and criticisms, though occasionally it is also seen through the dialogue of other characters.

Below, we will take a look at some of the most significant pieces of social commentary that can be found in the novel.

The emptiness of upper class life

Fitzgerald often comments on the purposeless, empty lifestyle of the very rich. Even though these people have everything a person might dream of, they have no meaningful pursuits to fill their lives with.

Fitzgerald especially shows this issue through some of Daisy’s...

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