The Great Gatsby Essay

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F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: ‘Our generation has grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.’
To what extent is this belief reflected in ‘The Great Gatsby’ Consider how your reading of ‘Fiesta: The sun also rises’ informs your understanding of this.

The characters used in both, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises’, reflect a ‘Lost Generation’ who grew up ‘to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken’. Both novels serve as a snapshot of the frenzied post-war society known as the Jazz Age, while today they provide readers with a portal through which to observe life in the 1920s. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway explore how people after WW1 and during the ‘Roaring 20’s’ had lost hope and faith in God and each other, and how they lived a life with a sense of purposelessness and futility. The novels inform us of the materialistic ways of living and the individuality and existentialistic beliefs, which caused a lack of connection and care between people.

The 1920s was a time of growth and prosperity, as well as a time of corruption. The commercial growth of the 1920s resulted in rampant materialism, such as that presented in The Great Gatsby. There are also social issues which underlie The great Gatsby, in many ways, Fitzgerald's Jazz Age characters are a fairly honest representation of what could be found in the social circles of the country's younger generation. Many of the men in The Great