In what ways are the upper class shallow and materialistic in The Great Gatsby? I'm writing an essay connecting how one character's (Gatsby's) inability to escape his past reveal the theme of shallowness in the upper class.

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In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts the dichotomy of the established upper class of the East and the nouveau riche from the Midwest with the two areas of East Egg and West Egg.  When Nick Carraway enters the home of Daisy and Tom Buchanan, it is a house that reflects gold.  Women in white dresses that ripple and flutter as if the women "had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house."

After Nick asks Daisy if she knows Gatsby, she demands, "What Gatsby?" Then, she speaks of missing the longest day of the year.  Clearly, she speaks with Miss Jordan Baker in a "bantering inconsequence." Later, Daisy asks Nick if he is engaged because she says,

"We heard it from three people so it must be true."

In Chapter Three, Gatsby holds parties that mimic those of the upperclass where...

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