Analysis Of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

1558 Words Jun 13th, 2016 7 Pages
War changes many things. It changes people, families, towns, and societies. War changes the world and it changes people 's attitudes. One common trend seen after major wars is a time of economic prosperity, when the economy is booming and all is well. This was seen after both World Wars, in the 1920’s and the 1950’s. In each decade, everyone was returning from the war, spirits high, and looking to celebrate. The economy prospered, and all was well. One major change that came about from these wars and was seen in these eras was the attitudes that people felt for one another. In the literature of the two time periods, these attitudes are very accurately depicted. The first piece of literature is F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a 1920’s set novel that shows the way that people treated others. The second, The Death of a Salesman, the 1950’s set play, produced by Arthur Miller. Each of these pieces give insight to the way that people were treated and some of the negative consequences that can result from this. The third and final source, From Motor City to Motor Metropolis, by Thomas Sugrue, talks about how automobile producers treated their customers and how devious their tactics were. The common theme in all these sources is that human life is disposable in post-war decades. The common trend is that in times of economic prosperity, like the 1920’s and 1950’s, people become disposable in the eyes of other because materialism becomes the dominating viewpoint…
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