Values In The Great Gatsby Analysis

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The Roaring 20s, The Jazz age, the 1920s was a time of great prosperity in the United States. The 1920s were an era of change, both politically and socially. Americans began to move into cities, rather than living on farms, and the nation's wealth more than doubled. Buying the same goods, listening to the same music, dancing the same dances, and overall having the same values, people felt united. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, these values are reflected in the characters’ lifestyles. A recurring theme in the novel is that money cannot buy a person’s true happiness, and this theme is exhibited in the various characters’ actions, choices, and what they value most in their lives. The first character who captures the values of the people in the 1920s is Gatsby. Living a lavish lifestyle, Gatsby captures the party aspect of the 1920s. As Gatsby is extremely wealthy, he tends to throw extravagant parties every weekend. “ There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars… bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight” (39). Having the amount of money Gatsby has, he could buy just about anything he wanted. There is truly only one thing Gatsby wants and values and it is his old lover, Daisy. She is the reason that Gatsby worked so hard to earn all the money he has. “It was a strange
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