The Rise To Power In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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Power, what is it? Many think they have it but how many people truly have it? Back in the 1900s amidst the times of war and a depression, a few big names rose to power. Some of them became powerful by taking advantage of the economy. Others used illegal activities to rise to the top. All of them however rose to power by trampling on the weak and oppressed and taking advantage of every opportunity they had. That’s how it was done during the great depression and that is still how our world is run today. This period was also a time of great change. Fitzgerald 's famous book The Great Gatsby centers around a rich man named Gatsby. This book is set in the 1920’s and talks about change that actually happened in real life. However as the country was changing greatly Gatsby still desired to live in the past. This is what ultimately gets him killed in the end. Al Capone, Alice Paul and Henry Ford changed society and gained power through organized crime, social involvement, and industrial expansion. After taking away the freedom to consume alcohol in the 1900’s, people with prohibition retailed with organized crime. Al Capone, a legend by name, was a criminal by those who actually know what his name stood for. Growing up in Brooklyn, Al Capone developed this though gangster mentality from an early age. He practically had to have it to survive in the streets he grew up in. In his later years he became known for being one of, if not the greatest, crime-syndicate mobsters. In the
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