The Great Gatsby

The Mask of Society

By Grace Nam

Corrupted Society

We don’t realize all the masks that people choose to put on so that they can belong in our society. Some act for others so that they can feel that they belong in that society. This was one of the reasons why Gatsby society had a downfall, as well as ours. The way that people spread information without knowing the truth is another cause of the downfall of both societies. The results that you get for putting on a mask may not be worth ending your life. There will always be consequences for choosing not to be you. As in Gatsby society, this problem has caused 3 people to die; including Gatsby. Everything happens for a reason as it is said by people. Is love, fixing the past, and money more important than your life? Everyone was created differently so that you can stand out instead of looking like everyone else. The cause for the downfall between both societies is because of our selfishness and the action that we take that are so careless. Our society downfall and Gatsby was similar because of our own intention of living our life to blend instead of standing out. We don’t realize all the masks that people choose to put on so that they can belong in our society. Some act for others so that they can feel that they belong in that society. This was one of the reasons why Gatsby society had a downfall, as well as ours. The way that people spread information without knowing the truth is another cause of the downfall of both societies. The results that you get for putting on a mask may not be worth ending your life. There will always be consequences for choosing not to be you. As in Gatsby society, this problem has caused 3 people to die; including Gatsby. Everything happens for a reason as it is said by people. Is love, fixing the past, and money more important than your life? Everyone was created differently so that you can stand out instead of looking like everyone else. Why is it that when we look back into our pasts we don’t’ take action from our mistakes? The 1920’s era dealt with problems we still face today. We still deal with problems including acting fake, gossip, which now causes suicide and death. If we only chose to be ourselves, I don’t think that we wouldn’t have to see theses on the news. The cause for the downfall between both societies is because of our selfishness and the action that we take that are so careless. Our society downfall and Gatsby was similar because of our own intention of living our life to blend instead of standing out.

What happened to the days when the American dream was all about inspiration, goal and having a purpose? Why is it that when you ask someone how they would describe our society, they would respond negatively? The story in The Great Gatsby tells us the most significant example of an American dream that has been corrupted.This tells us how their selfish desires lead them downhill in their life.Their society has been tainted with wealth, their dreams becoming futile and empty. We don’t realize how selfish we have become in this world. Many of us go along with how our society is developing and therefore is ignorant and blind to see how our society is corrupted. Each of the characters has different goals they reach for. Some of these events in the story shows us a point in life that we go through. As an example, when Gatsby had a party at a house everyone was invited. If you weren't invited, you would still go because everyone else went. That relates to how I was when I was in middle school. I wanted to fit in and took actions that didn't describe who I actually was. You look at our society and all we care about is who has the best car, the biggest house, and all of the materialistic; as it was in The Great Gatsby’s society. Everybody wants something in life and goal to reach but not all of us can achieve them. Another example of how our society is similar to Gatsby’s is gossip. Why do people gossip? People may say that ignorance and jealousy can be the establishment of a gossip. In the beginning, Nick, captures a glimpse of Gatsby reaching ahead of him, what it seems to be a streak of green light. Fitzgerald portrays the green light as an emblem of hope, money, and jealousy. “..I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light as the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it”(Fitzerald 79). Gatsby is hoping that one day he would capture Daisy’s heart again after a significant fault from the past. Hope indicates the center of the dream, but what cause the dream to fall short are jealousy and the temptation of money that corrupts it.
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Moscow, Oct 24: Russia is witnessing a rise in the number of teenager suicide cases, with an investigative committee revealing over 500 such cases in the first half of 2012.

A Russian investigative committee said, a total of 532 minors have killed themselves this year, a majority of whom experienced difficulties at home or faced other social problems. In 2011, as many as 896 teenagers committed suicide, up from 798 the previous year.

If the trend continues into the second half of 2012, it could register as a third-year increase in underage suicides in Russia.

The committee also found that specialists in some cases failed to properly evaluate children that ended up committing suicide, or otherwise offered inadequate assistance. Other indicators, however, suggest the actual figures may be higher.

A major report by the UN Children's Fund last year found that, on an average, more than 1,700 minors commit suicide each year in Russia. The report also found that per capita Russia ranks third in the world for teen suicides.

Experts have cited alcoholism and family dysfunction, among other factors, as the leading causes of suicide among children in Russia.

The Internet may have also played a crucial role in the recent spike: VKontakte, the country's most popular social network, deleted earlier this year several online groups that offered users advice on the "most effective" way to kill themselves.


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When people around the world are already struggling to feed one person in a family of 5, others are fighting over who looks the skinniest or who wore the best expensive dress. Do you not see how our society is corrupted yet? Nick from The Great Gatsby says, “I see now that this has been a story of the west, after all- tom, Gatsby, Daisy, Jordan, and I, were all westerners and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly inadaptable to eastern life”(Fitzerald 147). This quote shows how people need to be, or acquire certain needs to belong in societies. In this case, you need to gossip with others, be rich and be careless of your lives. This “experiment” in the story leads to a cost of a great man’s life. Teen Mom, arrested for underage drinking, lost job because of the economy. The list goes on and on to why our society is so tainted. Kids born in the 21st century are going to grow up thinking that this is how our society should be. Are we ever going to have that perfect society? I personally think that the message sent through this book should be that you don’t need to be or have certain necessities to fit in. You make your own choices to be your own self. You don’t need to act a certain way to impress others. Live with humbleness and be confident. Take off that mask and live freely.