Fitzgerald highly criticized the wealthy in his novel The Great Gatsby as regards to accepted social and moral behavior. In it he revealed what many people during the era of the 1940’s were going through. The 1940’s was a time when people broke free of certain standards related to social and moral behavior and took on new ones. These people were discovering new things and along with that they abused the new standards along with the new ideals America was setting. Of the many people that joined this new crusade to explore new standards were a group that consisted of the wealthy. The wealthy people were unique for they had more opportunities to act in this new era of so called “rebellion”.
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald criticized these wealthy people as his characters revealed their true personalities. The characters that Fitzgerald criticized were the characters Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Nick, and Jordan. All of these characters were rich. They had all they could have. For instance when Tom and Daisy married Tom bought Daisy a very expensive pearl necklace. Not only that but they lived in a huge house. When Nick had visited their house he thought it was more elaborate than he had expected. It was a red and white Georgian Colonial mansion overlooking the bay (11). Tom could give anything to Daisy and as a result they were heavily materialistic.
Now on the other side of the bay there was a man by the name of Gatsby. He was rich too, yet, was part of the people who had acquired “new money”. He was still down to earth and not arrogant about his money unlike sometimes when Tom said things regarding money. Gatsby would have lavish summer parties at his house and invite many people. He shared his money and if someone were to acquire money one would hope one would be just like Gatsby. Jordan was another girl who had become rich due to being a professional golfer. She participat