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Can someone tell me some good quotations for social mobility in The Great Gatsby. Please thanks
Any reference to T.S Eliot's 'The Wasteland' generally - chapter 2 is a fantastic one for class mobility. I wrote an essay on narrative devices in chapter 2 as revision for my AS exam - I'll paste some of the relevant info in here;
The intertextual motifs, ’grotesque’ and ‘fantastic’ from T.S Eliot’s The Wasteland, are also employed as structural devices and repeated throughout the novel to imply the intrinsic link between Gatsby’s American Dream and the Valley of Ashes which ultimately, suggests its inevitable failure.
The failure of the American Dream is but one of the allusions to Marxism within the chapter; Myrtle is indirectly characterised by the ‘oversized’ furniture in her apartment in New York, which is located on the ‘top floor’ and symbolically denotes her aspiration to transcend her social status. The reader can feel contempt towards Myrtle due to her materialistic mindset, suggested by the her free-direct speech and the polysyndeton of her list of ‘all the things I’ve got to get’. Despite her ‘impressive hauteur’ following her ‘costume change’, Myrtle’s true residency in the Valley of Ashes with its ‘invisible track’, and ‘endless’ ‘spasms of bleak dust’ connotes the true inescapability of class, foreshadowing the future failure of her efforts towards class mobility (and more importantly, those of Gatsby), evoking some sympathy from the reader.
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