How Does American Culture Affect The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby Essay Men and women being unfaithful, the greedy getting richer. The 1920’s was a huge time of change in American culture. All the changes and advancements that took place in the 1920´s culture will have forever affected every aspect of our lives to this day. The book The Great Gatsby, written by Scott F. Fitzgerald is one of the most illustrious pieces of classic American literature written in the 1920´s. The Great Gatsby was profoundly affected by the element of infidelity, the economy, and the social class system all of which were elements in US culture in the 1920´s. The 1920´s was a time of great attitude change in Americans. Before the 1920´s people lived in rural towns which changed quickly due to the industrial revolution moving more and more people into the cities. Technology changed, and then came the way people loved. Before the 1920´s people married and usually never…show more content…
However I argue even if his life did affect the book, wasn't his life affected by the US culture at the time? The argument that the book was written in relation to the Fitzgerald's life has very little evidence. Whereas my argument that US culture in the 1920’s affected The Great Gatsby is seen throughout the book. Even in the smallest details like the social class system that was divided into new and old money. “I lived at West Egg, the—well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. [...] Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans.” ( Fitzgerald 1-15) Nick stated this showing the divide in the book of old and new money, which reflected the culture in the US in the
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