Roaring 20's Tone

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The typical perception of the “Roaring 20’s” is viewed as a glamorous and grandiose era. However, many are unaware of the realization of corrupt dealings concealed by the joyfulness and carelessness of this era. The idea of the 1920’s being an ideal time to have lived in is a matter that spectators have disagreed upon over the decades. In Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby,” he contradicts the typical perception of the “Roaring 20’s” by gloomy descriptions, a wistful journey, and a desperate trek to win over a “golden girl.”
Despite the novel's setting in the ideal “Roaring 20’s,” Fitzgerald establishes a gloomy tone through the dismal diction used to describe the Valley of Ashes and the decrepit, eerie billboard overlooking the whole sad area. For example, he describes its gloominess as a “fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat,” which demonstrates a dismal feel in an ironic fashion through the contrasting imagery associated with growth and freshness. This tone is further expressed by the “ashes grow[ing] like wheat into ridges… and grotesque gardens,” which adds to the dreariness of
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Gatsby makes an effort by stalking Daisy until “about four o’clock,” reflects how hopeless he is in attaining Daisy’s love and affection(147). For instance, the way Gatsby despairingly “clutches at some last hope,” which exemplifies his unbreakable bond for the girl he will never have. The fact that Nick “couldn’t bear to shake him free” from his dreamlike reality, illustrates how Gatsby has become consumed by a world of desperateness (148). Despite the novel being set in a grandiose era, Fitzgerald contradicts this tone through Gatsby’s despairing and hopeless journey of retrieving his lost “golden
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