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Alex Geary May 22, 2017 Mrs. Riccio The Car elessness of the Upper Class F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby takes place during the roaring 1920s where social and political change took place. The economy grew and people had more money to spend. Automobiles also became popular during this time. In the novel, the characters Jordan, Tom and Daisy all live in the East wealthy (old money) East Egg. Nick and Gatsby live in the West Egg (new money). Jordan, Tom and Daisy all express their carelessness as the novel progresses. Through the motif of driving, Fitzgerald conveys the theme that wealth breeds carelessness. Nick notices Jordan Baker’s carelessness when he describes a party they both attended. He remembered that “When we were on a house party together up in Warwick, she left a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it” (Fitzgerald 57). What Jordan did was very careless, which shows that she isn’t very responsible when it comes to taking care of cars. Jordan Baker’s carelessness with cars is also revealed when she leaves Gatsby’s party. Nick complains about her driving when he says “You’re a rotten driver... Either you ought to be more careful, or you oughtn’t to drive at all” (Fitzgerald 58). Nick recognizes that Jordan is a reckless driver and a potential threat to other drivers. Jordan claims that “I am careful” and Nick says “No you’re not.” Jordan then says “Well other people are.. They’ll keep

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