Does Gatsby affirm or resist bourgeois values (capitalistic, materialistic, stereotypically middle class values) in The Great Gatsby?

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The novel The Great Gatsby is a repudiation, denunciation, and condemnation of bourgeois values.  Tom is the predominant bourgeois figure in the novel.  Gatsby is a corruption of the American Dream, as is his gangster business partner/friend, but they do not necessarily represent bourgeois values.  Tom is the status quo.  The others are unusual in American society.  Bootleggers do not represent the American norm, and they do not care about respectability. 

Tom, on the other hand, is typically bourgeois.  He feels superior to those without money, thinks his way is the best way, is ignorant and bigoted, thinks males and females should be held to different standards in terms of extramarital relations, and flaunts his money every chance he gets.  He is the stereotypical bourgeois businessman.  He cares about respectability and what others think of him.  Gatsby does not.

Gatsby's dream isn't about money.  It's about Daisy .  Gatsby...

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