The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Jazz Age was a period of great economic, social, and political change happening in the 1920’s. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, however, sees in this a time of boundaryless death, and urban decimation. The Great Gatsby is modeled towards the death of the American dream during the 1920’s. Based on the happening of the 1920’s, this model is certainly reasonable. F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby use the motifs of materialism, carelessness, and decay seen in the 1920’s in order to show a decimation of the American Dream, and the human race. Throughout The Great Gatsby it is very easy to recognize how the time period affected the author 's point of view, one of the motifs that is affected by the time period is materialism. During the 1920’s the view of money shifted from a common commodity to a necessity that is only available to the gifted, or to criminals. A race for money caused people to move to cities, spend more time at their jobs, and overall become less human ("The Roaring Twenties"). A materialist society quickly ensued, which F. Scott Fitzgerald points to in The Great Gatsby. “My house looks well, doesn’t it?” (89). Gatsby seeks the approval of Tom and Daisy for his over-emasculate house. He is actively attempting to buy his way into a social class and a way of life. Gatsby believes that money can buy him love in the form of Daisy, the same way that 1920’s city-workers believed that money could buy them happiness. George Wilson believes money can
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