The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a plausible image of America’s economy during the 1920’s. The country was in the middle of a post-war economic boom. There was unprecedented growth and a rapid increase in the wealth of the richest Americans (Smiley 1). As it follows the excessive lives of wealthy individuals, the novel highlights the negative effects of an unregulated capitalist economy. Fitzgerald portrays the inequality and unnecessary material extravagance that was caused by faulty economic policy. In his novel, he displays his criticism of capitalism and American society during the roaring twenties. The Great Gatsby is especially critical of the economic divide between the rich and poor. Throughout the novel, the lavish lifestyle of the super-wealthy and the terrible conditions of the poor are magnified.The apathetic rich are having the time of their lives. Jay Gatsby’s parties are given a grand description: “The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other 's names” (Fitzgerald 44). This exciting and worry-free life is just minutes away from the poverty and hopelessness of the valley of ashes, where men “move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” (27). In this area, the novel is consistent with historical fact from the time
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