Old Money vs . Fresh Money: Both Faces of yankee Corruption in the 1920s

 Essay on Old Money vs . New Money: Both the Faces of American Corruption in the 1920s

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" OldВ Money” vs. В " NewВ Money”: В TheВ TwoВ FacesВ ofВ AmericanВ CorruptionВ inВ theВ 1920sВ CorruptionВ andВ theВ possessionВ ofВ fantasticВ wealthВ oftenВ seemВ toВ goВ handВ­inВ­hand. В InВ America'sВ history, В fewВ erasВ haveВ hadВ moreВ ofВ bothВ traitsВ thanВ theВ JazzВ AgeВ ofВ theВ 1920s. В DuringВ thisВ time, В rampantВ spending, В coupledВ withВ theВ omnipresentВ desireВ forВ success, В createdВ aВ monetaryВ cocktailВ comprisedВ ofВ thoseВ withВ establishedВ wealthВ andВ thoseВ whoseВ successВ wasВ selfВ­made. В TheseВ groupsВ (alsoВ knownВ asВ " oldВ wealth” andВ " newВ wealth, ” respectively)В playВ aВ majorВ roleВ inВ Farrenheit. В ScottВ Fitzgerald'sВ novelВ TheВ GreatВ Gatsby. В ByВ includingВ thisВ aspectВ inВ theВ book, В Fitzgerald'sВ purposeВ isВ toВ revealВ theВ twoВ facesВ ofВ corruptionВ inВ AmericaВ throughВ theВ novel'sВ geographyВ andВ itsВ characters. В

TheВ book'sВ geographyВ representsВ theВ dichotomyВ ofВ corruptionВ throughВ itsВ people. В TwoВ regionsВ ofВ LongВ Island, В EastВ EggВ andВ WestВ Egg, В makeВ upВ theВ settingВ ofВ theВ novel. В TheseВ separateВ entitiesВ revealВ theВ corruptВ natureВ ofВ " oldВ wealth” versusВ " newВ wealth, ” andВ confirmВ theВ former'sВ distasteВ ofВ theВ latter. В WhenВ GatsbyВ invitesВ theВ narrator, В Nick, В toВ oneВ ofВ hisВ extravagantВ parties, В NickВ noticesВ uponВ firstВ observationsВ thatВ thoseВ inВ theВ partyВ fromВ EastВ EggВ " assumedВ toВ [themselves]В theВ functionВ ofВ representingВ theВ staidВ nobilityВ ofВ theВ countryВ­sideВ­В­EastВ EggВ condescendingВ toВ WestВ Egg, В andВ carefullyВ onВ guardВ againstВ itsВ spectroscopicВ gayety” (FitzgeraldВ 49). В SinceВ theВ residentsВ ofВ WestВ EggВ haveВ newlyВ­acquiredВ wealth, В thoseВ inВ EastВ EggВ ofВ moreВ establishedВ wealthВ lookВ downВ uponВ themВ asВ possessingВ aВ lowerВ socialВ status. В However, В bothВ groupsВ areВ equallyВ corrupt. В DespiteВ peopleВ ofВ oldВ moneyВ condescendingВ " theВ blatantВ kindsВ ofВ corruption” demonstratedВ byВ thoseВ withВ newВ money, В theyВ themselvesВ "[indulge]В quietlyВ andВ

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