Essay, Pages 2 (417 words)
I have noticed that there are many examples of discrimination and divide between wealth classes in the texts we’ve read this quarter. The Marxist reader does not like the divide and wants the established classes and apparent separation to be abolished. To them it is immoral for materialistic things like money to control others around them or assuming of power due to higher wealth and/or net-worth. When everyone is working mechanical jobs it was not necessarily good for them or the economy as they turn into pencil pushing mindless drones who are unmotivated giving them no real motive to do great things.
The Great Gatsby shows the lavish lifestyles that were to be had if you had money in the twenties. Hills like white elephants showed us that if you follow like a mindless drone then the bourgeoisie culture will essentially swallow them making the ideals and literature for Marxist culture non creative or convincing really at all. In Updike’s A&P Sammy satirizes the capitalist ideals.
Starting off with Gatsby there are many examples of some red flags that would pop up to the Marxist. One of those quotes is “My house looks well, doesn’t it? See how the whole front of it catches the light? – It took me just three years to earn the money that bought it (89-90).” This shows how when money is highly focused on by a proletariat how much it takes over their brain like a parasite. “All I kept thinking about, over and over, was “You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever” (36).
This was said by Myrtle, talking about the affair she was having with a man named Tom and her friends even egged it on saying “you need to get away from him” referring to her husband George, a Marxist could make a claim that not only is there oppression by wealth but also by ideology because Myrtle is the epitome of the roaring 20’s spirit of wealth and freedom to spirit, the latter being a more spiritualized version of capitalism in a way.”He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes” (91). To Gatsby in the book he never usually cares about his wealth and possessions but whenever Daisy glares at them with her eyes he reevaluates their intrinsic value to him based on the fact that it means more to him because it does to her.