F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Essay

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In America the repercussions of World War 1 resulted in, the roaring twenties, a time period characterized as an era of economic prosperity. The stock market sky-rocketed, advances in technology were distinct and demands were shifting, but what value prominently elevated above everything else? Wealth. The widespread wealth was desired and people valued social class with such high regard that to attain these two fixations became the standard “American Dream” of the 1920’s. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s depiction exposes an era of poor social and moral values, and it was a miserable desire for wealth that progressed this. Fitzgerald utilizes the setting, a combination of the time period and geography, to reveal the message that it became…show more content…
’When are you going to sell me that car?’
‘Next week; I’ve got my man working on it now.’
‘Works pretty slow, don’t he?’
‘No, he doesn’t,’ said Tom coldly. ‘And if you feel that way about it, maybe I’d better sell it somewhere else after all.’
‘I don’t mean that,’ explained Wilson quickly.
(Fitzgerald 28)
In this quote Fitzgerald illustrates the crucial contrast between the rich and poor when George Wilson, a resident of the Valley of Ashes, confronts Tom Buchannan about the car he is interested in. In reality does Tom need the car? No; nevertheless he goes out of his way to assert his superiority over the lower social class when he essentially makes George take back his comment. During the roaring twenties there was an enormous dissimilarity between the miserable struggles of the poor and the trouble free rich. It became impossible to reach this unrealistic goal of immense wealth when they couldn’t get out of the poverty stricken town they inhibit. Fitzgerald distinctly highlights this when George and his wife, Myrtle, finally have to opportunity to leave the desolate setting and she is killed. “’I’ve got my wife locked up in there,’ explained Wilson calmly. ‘She’s going to stay there till the day after tomorrow, and then we’re going to move away.’[…] A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting – before he could move from his
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