Gatsby has a great work ethic, as mentioned in the novel. But Gatsby’s work ethic wasn’t used in the right way to be successful. Gatsby gained his wealth, by selling illegal alcohol over the counter in drug stores. Also known as a bootlegger. Tom calls Gatsby out on his illegal fair of business, to show Daisy that Gatsby is worthless and is not from old money.
I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn’t far wrong.” Gatsby, like most of the people that were newly rich, seems to have been involved in the illegal activity of selling alcohol all over the place. With his newly found money, Gatsby kept jumping at the chance to gain more money. In the end of the book, we learn that Gatsby is into more illegal activities than just transporting alcohol. After Gatsby’s death, Nick gets a phone call for Gatsby with a man on the other end that thinks he is talking to Gatsby. “Hell of a note, isn’t it?
For example, many people began to go to speakeasies to get illegal alcohol. Speakeasies were illegal places that secretly sold illegal alcohol during the Prohibition (Speakeasies). This was one of many methods people used for getting illegal alcohol during prohibition (1920s). During the Prohibition there were twice as many speakeasies as there were legal restaurants before the 18th Amendment went into effect (Behr, Edward). Many citizens did not want to compromise their right to choose to drink alcohol.
For starters, Speakeasies were hidden illegal drinking dens because in 1920 the Volstead Act was passed, enforcing the 18th amendment making the sale, production, and consumption of any alcoholic beverage illegal. As expected this didn’t really sit well with Americans who still wanted their boozes. So if an American wanted a drink they had a few options laid out before them. They could make it themselves and
He doesn’t come out and say that but you can tell by his facial expressions. This is universalism. Hoyt knew what was right from wrong due to having history in the police academy. To Hoyt, how Alonzo is handling things isn’t the approach he should’ve taken. The second scene is when Alonzo pressured Hoyt to smoke the marijuana that he got off the kids and he knew it wasn’t anything to play with.
The overall comparison and allaboration of society and class, in the book gave an understanding of the world during the twenties. Society dictates people's reputation and creates separation between the many classes. The way society acts and feels, pushes the characters to act in the ways of society; it defines their social class. The big goal in all of this is to be the higher class when really Nick shows us that you can survive by just being yourself. Overall, the fight between social classes doesn’t really matter in the end, because what is meant to be, is meant to
Ironically, the downfall of the American Dream occurred through the pursuit for the American Dream. In ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald portrays a corrupt society whose citizens all strive to fulfill their role in society. With characters from multiple different financial status’ the author unveils the different ways used to obtain this dream. During this time the prohibition was in place and this led to many lower class people gaining
OJ Simpson was able to get off for the murder of Nicole Brown (the court said “he didn’t do it,” but he was able to get off because of his wealth and famous lawyers). These benefits are not accessible to the proletariat class. Just like social control theory, conflict theory may explain some aspects of crime, but not the entire
Some people in institutions who have bought or made prior to the passing of the 18th amendment were able to continue to serve it throughout the prohibition period legally. Also with bootleggers and others making, selling, and distributing alcohol illegally the amendment did not go as planned. The “father of prohibition” congressman Andrew J. Volstead was defeated shortly after prohibition was imposed. Prohibition lasted thirteen years, ten months, nineteen days, seventeen hours, thirty two point five minutes. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared at the end of prohibition “What America needs now is a drink” (Okrant, Daniel).
Tim Wise asked law enforcement what they thought of a black male driving a nice car in a nice neighborhood versus a white male in the same situation. Without hesitation, they said they assume the black male is a drug dealer, while the white male is just a spoiled little rich kid. As Wise put it, white people are “not suspected, therefore we are not detected. Therefore,
Freedoms allowed by the government are not always meant to be used. Freedoms are- in fact- sometimes used to make the people less free. In 1984, the government allows certain liberties specifically to keep the citizens dependent on them. The Proles- the lowest class- are allowed the most freedom from telescreens and the thought police, but it is because they are reliant on the government and ignorant about its truths. The members of the Party know the most about the government, and because of this are subjected to intense monitoring of their actions and even thoughts.
I told him not to, but he just didn’t listen and look what happened. Wes has a past of selling drugs to many different people, he has learned the way of what and what not to do. Maybe it was because he valued his work and he didn’t want to take the chance of losing a new customer. “He couldn’t stop thinking about the money he could make off that sale- almost exactly enough to take care of this date.”(113) This shows that he values his work more than the chance of staying out of jail. If he had listened to himself on knowing it was a cop he wouldn’t have ended up getting arrested and
Prohibition in the United States was a time of great change. Some of the change may have been for good and some for bad but either way almost every aspect of our society was affected by prohibition during those 13 years. In 1919 the National Prohibition Act or otherwise known as the Volstead Act put a constitutional ban on the manufacturing, selling, and transportation of alcohol. However, the Volstead Act did not ban people from being able to consume or be in possession of alcohol. People were thirsty and would go about smuggling alcohol in some very interesting and creative ways just to satisfy that thirst.
The people found ways to have alcohol even in public view of law enforcement like hollow walking canes, hidden rooms in their houses, and false floors in their vehicles to transport it. Some of the problem was that states and federal authorities wouldn 't commit the resources necessary to enforce the Act. For example, the state of Maryland refused to pass any enforcement issue (The Volstead Act, 2015). The Prohibition agents mostly worried about crossing state lines with the alcohol, possibly because it was easiest to patrol. Making the alcohol illegally was called moon-shining because the hard alcohol that was made was called