Effects Of Disillusionment In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920’s have long been remembered as the Roaring Twenties, were an age of massive economic growth and spontaneous new culture swept the nation. This new era lead to the rise of what is known as la Nouveau Riche or in other words The New Money. This term was used to portray people who gained large amounts of money without inheritance being involved. After World War I had ended in 1918, countless veteran soldiers began to return back to society. Most, if not many American citizens were soon after accompanied by disillusionment and confusion towards their lord and savior. Scott .F. Fitzgerald greatly reflects America in the Twenties in The Great Gatsby by mirroring disillusionment, the rise of the new money and the replacement of God’s image with businesses.
Disillusionment played a large role in American life during the Twenties. The lost of faith in one’s values and ideals brought unhappiness upon many and disrespect towards manners and morals. According to Allen in Only yesterday, “gate-crashing at dances became an accepted practice,”(doc A) meaning that numerous people would arrive at festivities uninvited. Presumptuous and uncivil behavior became extremely common, it soon became routine. According to Fitzgerald’s book, it states that “ People were not invited… they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with an amusement park,” (doc B). People would behave in a childish and uncontrollable manner that appeared as if they were in an amusement
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