The Melting Pot of Friends

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I found Lucinda Rosenfeld’s Notes on the Upper Muddle to be delightful as the author goes describes her experiences throughout her life with different socioeconomic classes. It reminds me of how Gatsby, back in Louisville, attempted to woo Daisy while hiding his social status as a poor, penniless young man. He still associated with Daisy, but in the back of his head, he was always conscious of the extreme socioeconomic gap between them. The author herself went to a private high school with tons of affluent, rich classmates who drove “brand-new Audis and Mercedes coups…[and Chryslers.]” Despite the differences, Rosenfeld still made friends with them, proving how the amount of money you have does not correspond with the types of friends you can make.

Unfortunately for Gatsby, he did not have the pleasure of entering a relationship with Daisy that would lead to marriage. He instead is stuck in the army and by then, it was too late, as Daisy had married Tom. Even then, Daisy’s family did not approve of Gatsby, choosing Tom who represented old money (inherited wealth) versus Gatsby, the soldier boy of mediocre standing. However, this took place back in the 1920s. Thankfully, times have changed. Today in my school, my friends come from all different backgrounds. Wealth is not a deciding factor in choosing my friends. In fact, that would be the very, very last thing on my mind. I’m not associating with them because of their money anyways. I associate with my friends because of the fun times we share, the struggles we experience together, and their awesome personalities.

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