The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In the early 1920’s, when the book is set, World War I had just come to an end. Many people flocked toward the bigger cities from their original small towns. They viewed the big cities as an opportunity to search for excitement and a more modern way of living. Alcohol flowed like rivers in many new American homes and drunkards occupied many prisons and poorhouses. A group of activists made a valiant effort to eliminate alcohol in and attempt to help the country return to the simpler lifestyle. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the corruption of the 1920s through his character Jay Gatsby and his illustration of the evils of prohibition.
In the very beginning of the novel the readers are introduced to West Egg and East Egg. West Egg resides people of newfound wealth where as East Egg homes those of old money. Jay Gatsby, the main character, was a man of new wealth. Coming from a not financially stable family, it was Gatsby’s goal to become wealthy for one girl, Daisy Buchanan. To Gatsby’s dismay, Daisy came from old wealth, which caused great conflict throughout the whole story. Gatsby was known as a self-made man; however, he wasn’t the kind of self-made man most strive to be. Making all of his money through his illegal bootlegging of alcohol during the prohibition, Gatsby had more than enough cash.
Gatsby made his money from illegally bootlegging alcohol during the…
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