Examples Of Disillusionment In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s were affected by WWII in several ways, which are shown in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The 1920s was a time period of a great change in people’s behavior and social class. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed novel The Great Gatsby reflects on the 1920s can help summarize the 1920s into three main characteristics, Disillusionment, the Rise in New Money, and Business Replacing Religion. Disillusionment, which is the loss of faith in one’s values and ideals, is a main characteristic of the 1920s because, during and after WWII many of the American citizens beliefs and ideals were being undermined by horrible acts committed during the war. With disillusionment came the thought that everything that many people had learned throughout life such as how life should be lived, how human beings should be treated by one and other, and even proper manners were being thought of so that they were meaningless, “Someday, perhaps , the ten years which followed the war may aptly be known as the Decade of Bad Manners”, (Doc A, Allen). Something else that gives an example of how disillusionment affected how people acted was that when soldiers came back from the war, normal civilian life couldn’t compare to life in the war where every second was filled with adrenaline. So when soldiers came back to lead civilian lives some became dysfunctional alcoholics, and some went to parties every chance they got so that the need for excitement could be somewhat satisfied,”A whole generation had

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