As if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.

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


The lexical field of “membership”, “distinguished” and “secret society” highlights the gap between the upper and lower social classes. Members of the lower social classes such as Myrtle and Wilson will never become part of the aristocracy. This highlights the corruption and hopelessness of the American Dream.

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