F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby Essay

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After The Great War concluded in 1918, America entered a state of prosperity and luxury throughout the 1920’s. This significant accumulation of wealth marked the start of the Roaring 20’s, a time the American economy grew to be the most powerful worldwide but in which people began exploiting their earnings on excess materialism. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, The Great Gatsby, accurately re-creates this time period yet criticizes the changes of societal attitudes and its values that occurred, making Fitzgerald the first “American writer to write seriously about money and the effects of money on character” (Bruccoli). The two main characters, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, both made the decision to reside in New York in hopes of obtaining their own fortune in order to achieve the wealthy, comfortable lifestyle they always desired. However, their growth and change of perspective as the novel progresses in response to the constant presence of immeasurable wealth reveals how the novel criticizes this time era as an “American social order delimited by patriarchal capitalism in which there is little possibility for authentic love or desire” (Froehlich). The two novel inspired poems “Changing Hours” and “Carried Away” express differing perspectives and reactions towards the idea of progressing into a carefree and extravagant lifestyle. While “Changing Hours” and “Carried Away” both illustrate the deceptive and futile nature of a luxurious lifestyle within The Great Gatsby, only
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