READING & WRITING
Characters in the Great Gatsby interact through physical conflict. Throughout the story, there are many affairs between them that lead to many heated disputes. Tom Buchanan, extremely wealthy and husband of Daisy, had an affair with Myrtle Wilson, wife of poor and struggling George Wilson. At a small get-together, they get drunk and begin to bicker after Mrs. Wilson repeatedly says Daisy's name after Tom asks her to stop. In the end, she is left with a bloody face and a broken nose. "I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai---' Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (Fitzgerald 37). Here, there is clear physical abuse from Tom, the elite, and the more wealthy one of the relationship. In addition, the fact that he did that in front of everyone leaves a thought that this wasn't the first time something like this has happened. Even later in the story, the tension between characters became even more intense, leaving some dead. After Gatsby, also extremely wealthy, murdered Mrs. Wilson in a hit and run, George sought out his revenge, killing Gatsby and himself. "It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete" (Fitzgerald 162). It was important the author included the phrase 'holocaust' illustrating the mass destruction and trauma these characters caused between themselves. With them not being able to live without mass conflict, it proves the Marxist theory that the root of problems is because of class differences.
Characters in the Great Gatsby interact through verbal conflict. With there being a lot of physical altercations, there also have to be verbals ones as well. New money and old money are a big topic in the book as while they both mean wealth, but old money is looked down upon. Tom and Daisy both come from wealthy families and have known the feeling of being rich all their lives. On the other hand, Gatsby grew up poor and found an illegal way to make money. This is the reason Daisy would eventually reach her senses and choose Tom over Gatsby for the second time. "He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That's one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn't far wrong" (Fitzgerald 133). Tom of old money and Gatsby of new money's clash also contributes to the Marxist idea that class is why people cannot get along.
Physical and verbal conflicts between characters of different classes is how they interact. While there are small amounts of good moments between them, it is overwhelmed by the amount of bad. Through a Marxist perspective, class difference is the cause of most of the problems we face today and the work of Fitzgerald and the plot proves this theory.
THINKING & MAKING
The American Dream Poem
Let down we become when our best isn't good enough
That dream we dreamt now seems to be a fantasy
Left with a crushed spirit dried like a raisin
We are the poor, the workers, the disadvantaged
Taught that with hard work and determination we can be someone
Time and time again
Many have failed chasing unattainable dreams
But many who have succeeded through luck and good fortune
Poverty, discrimination, unemployment, gender inequality
All common occurrences and phenomenons today
How can we truly believe this is the land of opportunity
Withered petals of a plant full of life
Is now the people of America
A dying ideology
Is the American Dream