The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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America had become enormously wealthy during the 1920s. Not only in money, but also in culture; everything had significantly changed. There were large parties filled with alcohol despite prohibition, rich people spending their money recklessly as if there were no tomorrow, and jazz music filling the ears of this new vigorous generation. It has been said that during this time the morals were “looser”. This particular decade has been given several nicknames such as “The Roaring Twenties”, “The Lost Generation” and “The Jazz Age” because of the many events that occurred at the time. Nearly all the people enjoyed their fortunes and fed their hunger for materialistic items by constantly buying new things that they did not need. This strange desire for material items had become the American Dream; this is what people wanted. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes about various characters who spend their entire life trying to achieve their money-based American Dream. Despite their vast efforts, they never reach it. Fitzgerald illustrates in his novel that the American Dream is desired by all, but cannot be obtained by everyone because it has been corrupted by materialism. The American Dream has deteriorated because it has become centered around money. The original American Dream was about fortuity. In the last page of the novel, Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, mentions the arrival of the Dutch to America. He imagines the astonishment that they must
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