There are many things that we observe through social occurrences which cause us to makejudgements

There are many things that we observe through social occurrences which cause us to makejudgements

There are many things that we observe through social occurrences which cause us to makejudgements about a particular person or group of people. Correspondingly, these thingswe observe also reveal to us the values held by these people. This particular idea isrepresented well in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Glamour and lavishsurroundings influence the peoples goals and desires and contribute to their materialisticand socially prominent ideals. This is shown through the actions of people at Gatsby’sparties, the attendance at Gatsby’s funeral, and Daisy’s fickleness between Tom andGatsby. The people at Gatsby’s parties reveal the values of the society in that they attendwithout really even knowing the host. They gossip and ask questions about him, but noone really knows “who” he is. Some even go so far as not speaking to or approachingGatsby. “Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all (p.45).” Manypeople show up uninvited and are not even friends of Gatsby. “I believe that when I wentto Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People werenot invited- they went there (p.45).” There is one man, however, who understands the”mystery” of Gatsby. This man describes in great detail the book facades in Gatsby’slibrary. He describes how they are better than most normal book facades in that not onlydo you see the outside cover of the book, but the book also appears to have pages so thatit looks real from the top too. “It fooled me. What realism (p.50)!” This symbolizes trueGatsby who is nothing but a facade himself with no real inner personality, only a “fakecover”. Just as the books, Gatsby is a better facade that fools most people, yet this mansees through it. The rest of these people are merely interested in the glamour and lavishsurroundings that Gatsby has to offer. The attendance at Gatsby’s funeral also shows the values of the socie…


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