The Great Gatsby

What is Fitzgerald saying about wealth in Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby?

I'm writing a dialectical journal for the Great Gatsby chapter 1. I choset the quote " it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion." (page 7 I think) I chose this quote to talk about the wealth theme in chapter 1. I need help figuring out what Fitzgerald seems to be saying about the concept of wealth at this point of the novel.


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In terms of the first chapter and the quote you've chosen, I'd have to say that in regard to Gatsby himself.... and the things he's acquired, Fitzgerald is commenting on the ostentacious purchases of the newly rich. The mansion is an imitation, the ivy is new and not yet established, the pool is marble.... something reserved for floors, something most people cannot afford. Gatsby has it all..... everything but the pedigree, and no degree of wealth can buy him true status in society.


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