“My family all died and I came into a good deal of money.”

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

Meaning

Gatsby tries to create a façade of old wealth by saying he inherited his money after his family died.

In this sense, Fitzgerald illustrates that the supposedly praised self-made man, who embodies the American Dream, is ultimately rejected from the exclusive circles of the wealthy who have only inherited their money rather than earning it.

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