F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Often referred to as “the Jazz Age,” the 1920s was a time full of innovation, leisure, and newfound sexual expression. In this age, there was a boom in literary expression as well. F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the many twentieth-century writers to focus on American ideals in their novels. In Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, the character of Jay Gatsby represents the opulence and underlying corruption of the 1920s.
As the novel begins, Fitzgerald describes Gatsby’s outrageous wealth. Gatsby harbors an obsession for money, which is a reflection of the booming economy in the Twenties. He lives in a mansion, complete with a pool, and even owns a luxurious car, reminiscent of the 1920s when the automobile became a major part of American culture. This car has a color that is a “…combination of the white of the [American] dream and the yellow of money” (Seiters 2). The nation’s wealth doubled during the 1920s, and many Americans used this as an opportunity to spend more. Gatsby is no exception; he is one of the “new rich”. He spares no expense, wearing expensive shirts and importing crates of fresh fruit to his mansion every week. He spends money without thinking, all in the hopes of impressing his love, Daisy Buchanan. In addition to his numerous possessions, Gatsby often throws lavish parties. They are simply glorious, with sumptuous food and a full orchestra (Fitzgerald 39-41). Fitzgerald makes evident the fact that Gatsby only hosts such grand…
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