“I keep it always full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things. Celebrated people.”

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter V) on Rap Genius


Gatsby is under the flawed impression that by surrounding himself with material goods, whether they be purchased friends, cars, or an expensive house, he will someday become fully integrated into the upper class. The “interesting people” may refer to the party goers, who lift Gatsby up through their admiration of his wealth and generosity, or to the variety of servants that also inhabit the vast mansion.

The replacement of the “invisible” labor with the “corrupt labor” supplied by Wolfsheim suggests that Gatsby has bought into the corrupt American Dream, and that this ultimately leads to his downfall, even as Gatsby begins to realize the true American Dream moments before his is murdered by Wilson. These new sources of labor originally promote a feeling of superiority for Gatsby, as Gatsby soon garners the courage to challenge Tom openly, as well as to fully submit himself to the pursuit of his corrupt dream. Eventually, perhaps, the effect of the new labor rubs off on Gatsby, as he realizes the true aspects of the American Dream, albeit too late.

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