The Death Of The American Dream

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Michael Talanker
Ms. Casperson
AP English III
28 January 2015

The Death of the American Dream in the 1920s and the Narrative of The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald named the boisterous era known as the Roaring Twenties the “Jazz Age,” a name fitting for the cultural upheaval that occurred during the decade. The 1920s were referred to as so because of the dramatic change that took place in the United States during the decade, so dramatic that it was internationally recognized as a turbulent period in the United States by other countries. The United States’ interest was heavily responsible for funding the European nations during the First World War and reparations (“World War I”), and as the European countries climbed back, so did the United States, emerging as a world power, and starting one of the most celebratory periods in American history. The Roaring Twenties was effectively a proverbial renaissance exclusively for the United States, however F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby portrays it as a period of hubris, avarice, and deteriorating morals. It follows the story of Jay Gatsby, a newly wealthy resident of New York City who has achieved his fortune by entering the bootlegging business and essentially strives to achieve what he believes is the American Dream in what seems to be a novel particularly about his crusade for the aristocrat Daisy Buchanan. However, at the end of the novel, Gatsby is abruptly struck down and dies virtually alone. The reality and
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