In Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the perceptions and actions of people were altered because of events from one of the rowdiest periods in American history. The time period in which this novel was written was in the 1920s, which revealed the time of bad manners, new riches , and poverty for the lower classes. The reasons for this change in the younger generation is the fact that World War one recently ended and created a time of opportunity to go from rags to riches such as the case of Gatsby. Yet, this wasn't the story for everyone as seen in the characters Myrtle and Wilson. Therefore, The Great Gatsby turns America from the 1920s into a novel that reflects the altered economic and social positions.
He acclaimed, “…I kept wanting to throw mine out or something or even trade with him” (Salinger 141). Him wanting to throw out or trade his suitcases shows the guilt Holden has. He feels bad for his roommate but did not like how snotty he was. This is because Slagle used the word ‘bourgeois’. Nevertheless, Holden misses Slagle when they are not roommates.
To Tom, the East Egg is superior. Gatsby ultimately becomes enemies with Tom because he is a bootlegger and makes his relationship with Daisy all too clear to see. He accepts an insincere dinner invitation which angers Tom even more because he begins to realize there is something going on between Gatsby and his wife. This aggressive and unfriendly relationship between Gatsby and Tom proves that Gatsby is foolish because he does not think of the consequences for his actions in the long run if Tom finds out. He made little to no effort to hide it and Daisy does not help.
In the book, money represents a social evil as it destroys lives of people corrupted by wealth. Many characters in The Great Gatsby experienced having greed and wanting what someone else had material wise and relationship wise. Jay Gatsby was greedy in the way he wanted Daisy all to himself, and he thought by gaining more money it would make Daisy want him. Daisy however showed greed throughout the book when she chooses money over real love and security. She couldn’t marry Gatsby, because he wasn’t wealthy enough for her to live comfortably.
Class Structure in the 1920s Glitzy parties, bootlegged alcohol, and excessive wealth characterize the well-to-do. Yet, just across the bay, people live in squalor, covered in ash and dust. The Roaring Twenties were a time of prevalent social stratification. The issues and roles of class structure in the Great Gatsby are central to the book’s characters and themes. Class struggles fuel conflict throughout the novel.
During the 1920s prohibition was active and since alcohol was not legal, Gatsby decided that he should bootleg alcohol. This is greedy because when alcohol was seen as what caused problems such as crime, corruption and reducing the tax burden on the government, but Gatsby selfish means of getting wealth motivated him to sell alcohol illegally. Another way in which Gatsby is seen as selfish is him using Nick to get to Daisy. Gatsby acts as though Nick is a good friend of his just to enhance his chance of refurbishing the love that he once had for Daisy. Last but not least Gatsby’s parties symbolize how artificial wealth is, the people who attend Gatsby parties think that he is leaving this life where he is above of everyone else that around him and he cannot be touched.
She became the main reason why he lived such a rich lifestyle. According to Greg Forter’s reviewed work on the article, Gender, Race, and Mourning in American Modernism, Forter expresses how Gatsby gets “disparaged for embodying the very qualities for which he is initially valued.” (460). He explains how Gatsby deceived people, especially Nick, with his lifestyle because Nick realizes that Gatsby’s materialism and money were all for Daisy. Moreover, the theme of money in The Great Gatsby brings great use to materialism. For instance, in order to receive another person’s affection, one must go through desperate measures to achieve that affection.
Throughout the book Gatsby uses his actions and events that happened in the past to either bring it back or move on from it. His love for Daisy started in the past, and it is so strong that he wants to bring back what they had and not leave it. Nick takes us through his story as he learns more about this character who, for everyone else in the book, is a mystery and no one really knows where he came from and what his past really was. The way he started off getting his money doing illegal actions was not exactly the right thing. When Daisy leaves Gatsby for Tom he is devastated because Daisy was everything to him and he wanted to recreate what they had in the past.
Though Gatsby’s weaknesses may outbalance his strengths, there is an up and down to everything. To begin, Gatsby is very naïve, his lack of judgement and wisdom do not work to his benefit. His naivety throughout the novel, blocks him from the true reality of who Daisy is. Daisy is a woman who thrives on the attention and wealth of others, she no longer loves Gatsby the way he genuinely loves her. This leads to him into taking the blame for Myrtle’s death, which he would not have done, if he was not protecting Daisy from the backlash.
“Money cannot buy happiness”. This statement summarizes the passage, as Fitzgerald attacks materialistic Americans. Gatsby is the victim of materialism and cannot overcome his own isolation, even though he is extremely wealthy. Not only does Fitzgerald demonstrate that money and material goods cannot overcome Gatsby’s isolation, but he also denounces those who create this isolation because of their own materialistic desires and ideas. Overall, the audience sees that Gatsby is alone, even at death.
Discussion Paper #1.2, “Did the New Deal Prolong the Great Depression” Burton W. Folsom Jr. argues that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal stretched out the length of the Great Depression due to the funds it filtered towards special interest groups in a spiral of spending and improper utilization of excise taxes. He writes that the U.S hike in excise taxes was a poor choice. Even more, since the funds filtered towards certain special interest groups disappeared after the first New Deal ended, it left many unemployed and vulnerable again. As a matter of fact, Folsom notes that Roosevelt is rated as one of the greatest presidents, yet his New Deal did far from great things to the American people. However, the Great Depression darkened the economies
The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 about the life of a man in the 1920s. Though at a glance the novel may seem like a lighthearted read about parties and love, the commentary on the roaring 20s was actually much deeper. The novel was not appreciated during Fitzgerald’s lifetime, perhaps because it has even greater significance in modern society than it did at the time it was written. From a modern lens, one can see the real tragedy of the characters’ life style, even before the action begins. It is made clear that even those with wealth and opportunity did not have the perfect lives they were portrayed to have.
He does this because he believes “that money can displace grief, frustration, and deprivation”(Matthews). Jason is stuck in the past and cannot move forward because of the hate that he has for Caddy. He becomes “a laughing stock in the town” and does nothing productive to improve his life. Jason holds onto the grudge he has for Caddy and thinks that blaming her and stealing from Ms. Quentin will improve his life in some way. Jason is never able to become successful and is stuck in his current situation because he cannot forgive Caddy.