"Keeping up with the Joneses"

Valerie Moya

The Great Gatsby

"The Great Gatsby" is a movie about the 1920s, and how everyone was always at parties dancing all night without worries. It's a great example of "Keeping up with the Joneses" because that's the time when most of the population was rich and they begin to compete with others. "Keeping up with the Joneses" means to strive to match one's neighbors in spending and social class. The wealthy begin to compare each others possessions to see who has the best or most expensive things. They begin to have everything the same. They have the same technology, cars, hair styles, and they wear similar clothes. The 1920s was when all the competition started.


Selfishness means to lack the consideration for others. I am associating this word with the main ideas in my text because back then, people weren't worried about anyone else but themselves. They were too worried about being rich, having the finer things, and always being better than one another. They didn't care about the poor. They never thought about giving them a little financial support. They were always too busy spending their money on unnecessary things to have better "class."
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"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." -Albert Einstein