The Great Gatsby Greed

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The Great Gatsby is set in New York City and on Long Island, in two areas known as "East Egg" and "West Egg", in real life, Port Washington and Great Neck peninsulas on Long Island. In the early 1920’s World War I had just come to an end. A new generation came to New York from small towns in search of excitement, chance, and a “new” way of living. Fitzgerald accurately portrays elements, such as greed, celebration and “new money” of the 1920’s in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald accurately portrays the 1920s in The Great Gatsby through greed by using the characters Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. During the 1920s the economy began to turn around and Americans felt the need to have all their wildest desires. Daisy loves having money and being high class. Gatsby even says in the novel that “her voice is full of money” (120). Daisy stays with her unfaithful husband because of his money and class and Gatsby only becomes rich because he feels the only way to win over Daisy is to be up to her standard of wealth. Fitzgerald portrays the women of…show more content…
The Great Gatsby is set in a period immediately after the end of the First Major War of the 1900’s. After the pain and suffering experienced during World War I it was a time for celebration. People were expressing their freedoms that they often lacked during the war. Over the top, elaborate parties were what was happening, as illustrated by Jay Gatsby hosting extraordinarily crazy parties and Tom 's continuous affairs at his apartment in New York for fun. Everybody during this era was out to have good fun. The characters were very realistic. Gatsby symbolizes those who, during this era, sought out to fulfill the “American Dream” ; a dream of wealth and class, gained through hard work and success. Fitzgerald accurately describes the “American Dream” when he wrote, “Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry."
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