Roaring 20’s in The Great Gatsby In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the plot is centered in the postwar cultural capital of the Anglo-American world: New York. The post-war economy and atmosphere resulting from the Great War play a vital role in the outcome of the novel, as it is a critical element in the portrayal of both Tom and Gatsby. The culture of the underground crime in the 1920’s hinted throughout the novel is a direct result of Prohibition. After World War I, the United States Congress passed a law that was added to the 18th amendment of the Constitution which banned the sale, importation, production, and transportation of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933, causing much controversy and leading to one of the rowdiest times in American history (Timberlake). For example, the “drunken excess” is showed very often in Gatsby’s extravagant parties, which shows the popularity of underground alcohol consumption . The issues of Prohibition are hinted often in the novel, showing the less-admirable side of Gatsby. Fitzgerald seems to suggest how Gatsby has made his fortune when Tom says Daisy would not fall for a “common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her finger” (142). It is made more evident later on when Tom states, “I found out what your ‘drug stores’ were,” referring to Gatsby’s involvement in the illegal underground bootlegging of alcohol with the notorious Meyer Wolfsheim; with his involvement apparent, the image of Gatsby is drastically altered (143). Arguably, no longer is Gatsby an admirable business man who has worked his way up from the bottom with hard work, but now is portrayed as a dishonest bootlegger who obtained his money through illegal transactions, whether Tom’s accusations are true or not. In contrast, it is shown in the novel that Tom has not had a demanding life when it comes to his financial state. Early in the novel, Nick classifies Tom as a “millionaire by inheritance” when he says, “His family were enormously wealthy…it is hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that,” which implies the history of financial success Buchanan has had (Fitzgerald 8, Lena 20-21). This creates a sharp contrast between Gatsby and Tom. Moreover, since the allegations of Gatsby are only hinted in the novel and not explored, it leaves the reader to develop his/her own opinion on Gatsby. Although his financial “success” may not be admirable, his tenacity for his love most definitely is. This self-confliction that occurs within the reader of whether or not Gatsby is a commendable character is a unique component Fitzgerald instills in his novel through his clever use of the setting, which also helps enhance the mystery behind Gatsby. Furthermore, this brings up questions about Tom’s character. His hypocrisy is visible in his argument with Gatsby. Who is he to talk about fidelity and dishonesty when has had an affair with Myrtle throughout the entire novel? After World War I, the major economic boom that transpires results in a major fluctuation in attitude of the American population, which is a key element in the atmosphere Fitzgerald is trying to portray in his novel; this economic boom was a result of the complete shift in the ideological philosophy of the American population, the rapid growth of innovation, and a drastic increase of jobs available. The government started their idea of “Laissez-Faire capitalism,” which is when the governments would not regulate major businesses as much, which left these businesses in the ideal environment to thrive. For example, Congress adopted policies that drastically reduced the tax payments these financial superpowers had to pay. President Calvin Coolidge, one of the presidents during this elated time, even went as far as to say that “...the chief business of the American people is business” (Green). For the first time in American history, the urban population outnumbered the rural population, due to the American people…
The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. Taking place in a fictional town on the Long Island, Fitzgerald was trying to depict the reality of wealth communities behind their lavish parties and luxurious houses. This story focuses mostly on Jay Gatsby, a rich man who lives in a big mansion next to the house the narrator of this story. Throughout the novel, Gatsby is trying to rekindle his love with a woman from his past. Unfortunately the woman he loves, Daisy, has married to another…
The Gatsbian Dream
In The Great Gatsby, a novel by Scott Fitzgerald, it is stated that “Reserving judgement is a matter of infinite hope” (2). This quote shows that by taking extra time to judge something and understand it better a person will find themselves with a great hope for what they wish could be true. Now, this hope can either be put to good use or it can be misplaced, which is decided by a very treacherous journey. This is when waiting and "listening for a moment to the tuning fork that…
themselves in a world that had silenced their hopes, dreams and beliefs. It was during these times that literature surfaced in an attempt to capture the attitudes, emotions and opinions of their generations. Similarly, in the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the main character to demonstrate he is victim to the alienation by the surrounding society. The character is alienated because of his secluded and timid behaviors that do not allow the public to know every personal detail about him;…
THE GREAT GATSBY
1. The narrator of the novel the great Gatsby is Nick Carraway. Nick Carraway was from Minnesota in the middle west of the United States.
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first initial impressions given of Gatsby in chapter one were that Gatsby was the type of person that was very sensitive and would give unbroken series of gestures to people. His impressions of Gatsby were very positive as Mr Gatsby was a good hearted man.
3. The reason why Daisy says that she hoped her daughter would…
at the beginning of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the reader did not originally expect his death.
With a perfect, “rare” smile, and tremendous wealth, what could go wrong? Before Jay Gatsby expires, he was en route to achieving his version of the American dream. The reader discovers that Gatsby did not have it easy, for outside forces prevented him from ever attaining his dream. All of the “foul dust [that] floated in the wake of his dreams” defeated Gatsby before he could get there…
25 March 2014
The Great Gatsby
The plot and the setting of both the book and movie are very similar. The movie followed the plot of book very closely and portrayed the setting of the book very well. Almost all of the dialogue was borrowed and spoken directly as it was in the book. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that talks about Jay Gatsby's love for Daisy Buchanan. It talks about the American Dream and everything Gatsby does to try to win Daisy over. I really…
The Great Gatsby
November 15, 2014
The Great Gatsby
In many cases, one can always find at least one significant similarity between author and his novels major character. F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of the famous novel, The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald uses his past experiences for the base of his main character, Jay Gatsby. By changing specific details, he gave Jay a life of his own.
A major similarity between the two is that they both fell madly in love with a woman, Gatsby fell for a married…
Javier Cebollada Desentre
Professor Mónica Calvo
Literatura Norteamericana III
June 13, 2014
The falling off The Great Gatsby’s American Dream
One of the most notable elements in Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is the
conception of the American Dream; a well-known term whose appearance is very
present throughout the story. Despite being a non-mentioned term in the novel itself, the
author still conveys the idea of the American Dream through the employment of a
The Great Gatsby Datrice Mulsumo
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The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F.Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920’s that ties power with wealth. Those with wealth have the power over the less fortunate such as farmers and laborers. This theme is portrayed through…
The Great Gatsby Essay
The Great Gatsby is a novel of pure early 1900’s literature. It directly explains the roaring twenties and how America was changing during that time. This novel exemplifies all of that change through F. Scott Fitzgerald’s point of view whether through Gatsby’s parties or the characters in the book. The Great Gatsby also shows the underling struggles of American people and shines a light on the American dream during that time. The prompt I have chosen is a direct comparison…