Symbolism In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s were known to many as the Roaring Twenties, or the Jazz Age, for its cultural and technological “boom”; products like Listerine, electric vacuums, and electric washers were just a few of the many innovations that made, or claimed to make, many people 's lives easier. But, for as prosperous as the era was, many people took advantage of the fresh idea of credit and quickly found themselves deep in debt, while others were enjoying the new, shiny materials incorporated in their lives with little or no debt whatsoever. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, represents these ideas through a colorful story taking place in this era of time. The reader travels with Nick Carraway, a young war veteran who moves out to New York City. Along the way, he meets Jay Gatsby, his wealthy, next-door neighbor, whom will change Nick’s life forever. The 1920s were an expanding, prosperous, and vibrant time, but also brought challenges such as greed and lust for money or, perhaps, something else. It was often overshadowed by one’s hopes and dreams. In Gatsby’s case, the culture of the 1920s served him a fate of infinite loneliness due to his unrelenting love for, and dreams of a life with, Daisy Buchanan as he struggled to make his dreams come to life through his location, money, and crime, oblivious of the icy, grim reality of rejection. The 1920s was a time of opportunity to many; with the stock market in place, any person can get rich if they invested their funds. For some,
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