The Great Gatsby

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Rolling Twenties Brother The era known as the Roaring Twenties was a time of immense joy, opportunity and prosperity. Unfortunately, the 1920’s was also a period where greed, corruption and organized crime took a firm foothold. The exuberant happiness of the time was only trumped by its gap between the rich and the poor. The novel shows the true face of the so-called Age of Wonderful Nonsense with the writer’s own personal conflict. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s groundbreaking novel The Great Gatsby has stood the test of time with its messages of how corruption, extravagance, and overindulgence can destroy people’s lives and relationships. Egotism can overtake the minds of virtually anyone who attempts to gain status and wealth. The gift of…show more content…
“When I came home to West Egg that night I was afraid for a moment my house was on fire…. Turning a corner, I saw that it was Gatsby’s house, lit from tower to cellar” (Fitzgerald 81). This was a time of immense overcompensation and, for lack of a better word, showing off. To quote the infamous movie Scarface, “Nothing exceeds like excess, you should know that Tony” (Scarface). This was none more apparent than within the pages of The Great Gatsby. Many novels have attempted to divulge the inner depths of the era known as the Roaring Twenties, but few have had such a profound look into the wild time like F. Scott Fitzgerald. As can be seen, the characters within The Great Gatsby brought their own demise upon themselves by allowing themselves to be swept away by the passions and desires. The tale of the man known as Gatsby has shown its readers how corruption, overindulgence and extravagance can wreak havoc upon an individual’s morals and values. The world should take heed of these vices and the dangers that follow them, before they begin their own destruction. Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925. Scarface. Dir. Brian De Palma. Perf. Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, and Michelle Pfieffer. Universal Universal Pictures, 1983. Staton, Richard. “The USA in the Roaring Twenties’.(Improve Your Grade!).” Hindsight 13.2 (Jan 2003): 28(4). Student Resource Center-Bronze. Gale. Castle High School. 6 Feb.

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