So far I have all of the superficial relationships that develop throughout the novel are based on the amount of money one possesses. Help!I basically need to reword this for a thesis, but i cannot...

So far I have all of the superficial relationships that develop throughout the novel are based on the amount of money one possesses. Help!

I basically need to reword this for a thesis, but i cannot seem to find the right words.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is much in your statement which holds validity.  I think that some possible rewording might center on the idea that relationships and associations depicted in the work are predicated and influenced on social status and wealth.  This is one of the elements that Fitzgerald seems to be raising about "The Jazz Age" and the time period.  Namely, social advancement and material wealth were substitutes operated as substitutes for substantive emotional connection. In terms of rewording your thesis statement, something along these lines might work.  For example, "Through characterizations presented in the novel, Fitzgerald concludes that much in the way of relationships are predicated upon wealth."  Another possibility would be that "The role of social advancement and economic reality plays a major role in the forming and sustaining of relationships between characters in Fitzgerald's work."  Finally, you might want to talk about specific characters:  "Tom, Daisy, and Jordan represent individuals who form relationships with others predicated upon wealth and social status."  These might be starting points.  If I could offer, make sure that your thesis statement is as honed as possible, with language that can be substantiated through textual support.

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