The American dream states that any individual can achieve success regardless of family history, race, and/or religion simply by working hard. The 1920’s were a time of corruption and demise of moral values in society. The first World War had passed, and people were reveling in the materialism that came at the end of it, such as advanced technology and innovative inventions. The novel The Great Gatsby exploits the theme of the American Dream as it takes place in a corrupt period in history. Although the American Dream seemed more attainable than ever in the 1920’s, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby demonstrates how materialism and the demise of moral values in society leads to the corruption and impossibility of the American Dream.
This is also a big political problem in those days because it shows us the shadiness that went on in those times. The political issues in the 1920s are very different from the political issues we have nowadays. For example, now we deal with water shortages, pension accounting rules, the emergence of new drugs that threaten the Medicaid budgets. Back then, people from the East and West Egg lived life as if nothing else mattered, again showing signs of living the “American Dream”. Those in the Valley of Ashes didn’t have the same mindset.
War was absolutely devastating; emotionally and economically throughout the world. Especially after World War I, is was shocking to people because it was the first time anyone had witnessed something so distorting. In America, it changed everyone 's life styles. People became more materialistic and rebellious. The UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History talks about that time period by saying “The novel reflects the outward glitter and the inward corruption of the Roaring Twenties , also known as the Jazz Age, a decade of prosperity and excess that began soon after the end of World War I (1914–18) in 1918 and ended with the 1929 stock-market crash”(656).
4.03 Developing Theme Thesis Statement F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Jelly Bean both use Irony, Foreshadowing, and symbolism to describe how many people’s endeavor to achieve great wealth and class drove people’s decisions in the 1920s. I. Main Idea for 1st Body Paragraph: Irony A. Literary element use and effect in novel 1. Nick’s relationship to Gatsby is an example of irony because Nick tells the story about Gatsby, but he doesn’t like him.
However, what they fund in America was a nation of opportunities surrounded by poverty and misery. Sacco and Vanzetti were trialed because as many other Americans, they believed that what was happening in the US was unjust. In other words, one America was getting all the benefits of the flourish economy, while the other one was dying for malnutrition. America was deeply divided between the ones who were part of the capitalist dream, and the ones who did not want to conform to that world. For this reason, in the days after the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, one of the most famous American novelist of that time, John Dos Passos, wrote, “all right we are two nations.” He divided in words what the what the American dream had divided in practice.
These unsuccessful stock markets were one of the signs that showed that the new system, which depended on an extensive labor force and an open and unregulated market, was not as reliable as previously thought, this period was known as the Depression. Regardless of the large scale industrialization that helped the United States regain relative economic stability, there still existed a strong, radically socialist movement within the United States. In his play, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams focuses on material possessions as well as the socioeconomic class tensions between characters to accentuate the forces of exploitation and oppression that exists and form a capitalist society. Social class is better explained by German economist and sociologist Karl Marx who theorised
The modernization of society seemed to prize fame, wealth, and celebrity above all else. All this, combined with the breakdown in social ties created an empty self, shorn of social meaning. The decline in social norms that accompanied the modernization of society and the rise of individualism (with its focus on the self and inner feelings) also meant that the community and the family were no longer able to provide the same support for individuals as they once did. Many writers and intellectuals in the early 20th century hoped for the emergence of individualism instigated upon an understanding of the developing political and economic realities of the century. Freedom, they believed, requires more than a tyrannical assertion of the self.
The 1920s were affected by WWII in several ways, which are shown in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The 1920s was a time period of a great change in people’s behavior and social class. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed novel The Great Gatsby reflects on the 1920s can help summarize the 1920s into three main characteristics, Disillusionment, the Rise in New Money, and Business Replacing Religion. Disillusionment, which is the loss of faith in one’s values and ideals, is a main characteristic of the 1920s because, during and after WWII many of the American citizens beliefs and ideals were being undermined by horrible acts committed during the war. With disillusionment came the thought that everything that many people had learned throughout life such as how life should be lived, how human beings should be treated by one and other, and even proper manners were being thought of so that they were meaningless, “Someday, perhaps , the ten years which followed the war may aptly be known as the Decade of Bad Manners”, (Doc A, Allen).
His famous novel, The Great Gatsby show what happened to the American Dream in the 1920s. This is a time when vulgar pursuit of wealth corrupted the old values. Most of the characters illustrated in this novel came to East for the money, excitement and fame. Fitzgerald do not disparage the origin of the American Dream, but the corruption of the dream in The Great Gatsby. Hard work and belief self-reliance by Thomas Jefferson become the service of a vast, and vulgar by what Nick Caraway calls.
The Great Gatsby is a story about love, and the necessities of what living the American dream is really about. In the Great Gatsby by “Scott Fitzgerald” the author uses ways to express the American Dream by showing how love and money play a major role in becoming successful. Nick in the Great Gatsby comes from the West egg which is a much lower class than others, he hopes to find money and live the American dream. For example, “I lived at the west egg, well the less fashionable of the two”(Fitzgerald 14)”. As you can see he doesn’t come from a high quality area.
From whipping, tar and feathering, and even hanging, the KKK was ruthless. However, by 1925, it was discovered that the KKK was a fraud and very corrupted. This caused the Klan’s influence and membership to decline expeditiously. Notwithstanding, the events that occurred in the 1920’s still had a positive effect on the lives of Americans because social reform during this time was the only reason why the KKK shrunk in size in the first place. Many people were able to become
The word gilded refers to something thinly covered in gold. Mark Twain referred to the late 1800s as the Gilded Age due to what it appeared to be, a time of great success for many but underneath a time of corruption in businesses and the government. The 1870s-1890s was a time of poverty, opportunity, and disaster. The growing comfort of middle-class life during the Gilded Age led many to fear that American men were losing their manliness. Many middle-class Americans embraced formerly taboo violent sports like boxing and football.
The 1920s was a decade marked by innovation, inspiration, and progress. From monumental changes in everyday life, to the brand new youth culture that emerged as the years progressed, the 20s changed the way Americans thought, acted, and lived. However, this growth masked the issues that the decade brought. More and more people became involved in criminal activities, and discrimination against foreigners and Americans alike became a problem. While the 1920s were a period of optimism and innovation, it’s underlying problems made it a decade of decline that ultimately weakened America.
The Great Gatsby, by a F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel that goes way back to the roaring twenties in New York right before The Great Depression. The roaring twenties was a time of much excitement and much fun as America was leaning toward becoming even greater. Those days were so much different compared to today because of what was going on and how people were able to live. The concept of “The American Dream” has always been around as citizens who were born on U.S. soil and immigrants from other nations coming to the U.S. looking for a fresh start and a better life with more opportunities. Everybody wanted “The American Dream” so that his or her families would be able to pass it on to future generations.
It is made clear that even those with wealth and opportunity did not have the perfect lives they were portrayed to have. In this way, The Great Gatsby effectively shatters the facade of the American Dream and changes the way Americans view our history and that time period. The actions of people during the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression and by having this novel to illustrate the issues in society at this time period, another depression of the same magnitude has, so far, been avoided, despite times of similar