People flocked to his parties because they were not only lavish, but flowing with free liquor. Nick also mentions that in one section that he is drunk for the first time in years, likely because he didn’t have easy access to liquor. Those are just some of the surface things. One could make a case that the whole attitude of the book was influenced by the Prohibition. The citizens seem free to do whatever they want, in that they throw ridiculous parties and throw many fits and tantrums that can turn violent.
Something that is not often thought about when banning a book, is the culture you’re throwing away with it. Using the same example of “The Great Gatsby” being banned, every young adult misses out on learning about the culture of the roaring twenties. There are other books that could teach high school students about the culture of that time period, but none can do it quite as good as “The Great Gatsby”. It is such a classic, that even if you haven't read the book or watched the movie yourself, you still know what it is, kinda like the Titanic. During the roaring twenties it was all jazz, parties and wealth.
Both Gatsby and the Joads chase after their dreams with obstacles to overcome. Gatsby’s big obstacle is to actually have Daisy over because his parties were not working. He was able to do that after asking Nick to invite her over for tea. But after that more obstacles came of course. She was still married to Tom, but even she did not know he was having an affair with Myrtle.
The article “Here’s to Your Health” by Joan Dunayer explains how the alcohol industry invests a large amount of money to keep their product from being branded with negative publicity. Dunayer speaks on a particular example of how a teenage boy consumed by peer pressure binges on hard liquor not knowing the consequences until it 's too late to fix the effects (Dunayer). Afterward wondering who to blame for the incident beside the group of teenagers, but it has no remedy because it is a social problem. With the thought and reflection of the major influence that makes people drink is advertisements; furthermore, because they paint an image of success and indeed promote social popularity. Most importantly, these companies carry out tactics so well that nothing can obstruct them, such evidence states that this industry spends near half a billion dollars annually to hide the real effects of what alcohol really does.
Although Gatsby was culturally in tune with the changing times he was still considered “new money” because he was not born into his wealth and made it all himself. Also he lived on the West Egg, which is where everyone with “new money” went to live. Gatsby received all of his wealth by taking advantage of prohibition and bootlegging, but he was responsible with his newly earned money and carried himself similar to someone with “old money” would. The woman he loves, Daisy, lives across the sound from Gatsby on the East Egg. On the end of her dock there is a green light.
Speakeasies were businesses that sold illegal liquor. The gang leaders opened nightclubs with the best bands, talented dancers and lots of illegal alcohol. The name ‘speakeasy’ originated from the fact that people had to ‘keep it on the low down’ when talking about these illegal pubs yet the people who attended these speakeasies were not shy to be seen there. They were sometimes raided by police and the owners and people who attended were arrested, but speakeasies were so profitable that they continued to thrive. Due to the implementation of prohibition, some speakeasies ensured that the people drank illegal liquor from tea cups, in the event of a police raid.
Characters in novels can have obsessions with people, the same as in the world readers live in today. In the book, The Great Gatsby, the main, male character, Gatsby, is obsessed with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. In the passage Winter Dreams, Dexter, the main male character, is obsessed with a woman, Judy Jones. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote both of these novels/ passages. The Great Gatsby is a story about a man revolving part of his life around trying to achieve his American dream by conforming to a woman and society 's standards.
Consequently, Daisy remains with Tom. This meaning that the dream cannot be achieved because no one is always completely happy. Due to the low possibility of the dream coming true, the hardships of money and lastly the fact that no one’s relationship is always foolproof, Fitzgerald undoubtedly shows that he does not believe in the american dream. Fitzgerald constantly depicts in the novel that the american dream is a false hope and does not truly exist. People can only try their best to be truly happy in life and start every day
In the novel, Jay Gatsby’s American Dream is to do anything and everything possible to win over Daisy Buchanan. But, once Gatsby finally has her, he still is not satisfied. Nick Carraway states that Jay Gatsby paid a high life for one single dream that he eventually no longer cared about (Fitzgerald 161). He then wants Daisy to admit she has only ever loved him. Daisy is incapable of giving him the new dream he really wants.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explores the definitions of happiness. Throughout the novel, Fitzgerald reveals multitudes of scenarios that describe and define happiness in its purest form. Happiness is revealed as something temporary and difficult to maintain. Throughout the novel, the reader sees the conflicts that arise between Tom and Gatsby and their love and happiness towards life and Daisy. Because of this, Tom and Gatsby play the largest role in describing what happiness is in the novel.
Most individuals would agree that once you join the military you have a lot more responsibilities and become more mature. It is always risky going into the military because anything could truly happen, but if someone is legally an adult and willing to die for other citizens lives, then that person should be able to have the option to drink an alcoholic beverage if they please. In the article “Should the Drinking Age Be….” it was said that, “Young Adults cannot help the fact that alcohol is an enjoyable activity. Eighteen to twenty year old adults should not be denied that enjoyment when other pleasurable activities are legal..” Not only are men and women allowed to risk their own lives for the United States, but also are allowed to vote and still cannot be considered a “mature” adult. If individuals over the age of eighteen are able to have a small