During the 1920s, people lost vast amounts of money due to the stock market crash. Since the story of The Great Gatsby takes place around the Great Depression, an era where the loss of money became the epitome of people who desperately needed it the most. However, people who were a part of the wealthier social classes, such as Gatsby, infinitely spent money on fancy cars, a mansion, and especially his giant parties. All of those things are all for Daisy, and the life Gatsby lived all started out because of her. She became the main reason why he lived such a rich lifestyle.
He found money to have a higher value than helping others, this led to his greediness and resulting him to sin. He creates false information to earn money. This character in particular would cheat his landlord and earning money off theft. A thief cannot be considered religious. Chaucer had brought up another pilgrim who seemed to also show signs of greed.
They all share the same concluding idea that wealth can corrupt the human mind along with society. Wealth can exempt you from any form of penalty and make resources easier. Although Tom is a prime example of a wealthy person who believes he has a divine right to devalue those who are not as privileged as him, Jordan Baker represents the carelessness of the upper class better. She acknowledges her lack of accountability for anything; “I am careful.” “No, you’re not.” “Well, other people are,” she said lightly.
To begin, economic status affected the characters in The Great Gatsby. The characters are distinguished by their wealth and where they live. East Egg reflects high class society or “old money”, and the people of West Egg are wealthy and refer to “new money”. Social status and wealth defines a character and their happiness. F. Scott Fitzgerald, showed women trying to burst out from high class or low class organization.
Throughout the book we are exposed to the marginalization of women and the lower class during the time, since the important individuals in society were the wealthy people who impacted the economy of the country. The reader comes to the realization that the middle class was almost nonexistent since the poor were very poor and the rich were very rich during that era. In the beginning of the novel we are introduced to Daisy Buchanan one of the most known woman during the time due to her status and wealth. However, despite her wealth we are exposed to her marginalization by men and society. In chapter one, Daisy herself reveals how she wishes her daughter was a “little fool” since that 's the best thing a girl could be in the world during the twenties.
Hinton, there are similar themes since the Greasers are portrayed as poor and Socs are represented as wealthy. “Poverty and wealth” the poem has themarical similarities with The Outsiders. A common theme in life and the two writing pieces is that rich people think highly of themselves because they have more physical items. In the poem the rich son has more money and therefore thinks he is better. This son buys himself a wife, position, name, and place.
Organized crime this way decided to enter the illegal booze selling in order to take advantage of this situation and increase their power and influence in the society, much of the work wasn’t able to be achieved alone so the criminal organizations started inviting more and more people who as mentioned before needed money in order to support their families or themselves into this dangerous but well-paying life. Alphonse Capone was undoubtedly the figure of the prohibition time, known as Al Capone was a famous gangster of that time. His fortune indeed, like that of many other prominent criminals of those years, was achieved through the alcohol trade in the black market. Al Capone was supplied alcohol from Florida, Mexico and Canada, as well as by some clandestine Chicago distillers, then reselling these bottles to the "Speakeasy" who were places where booze was sold to the public illegally. Al Capone in one of his interviews released a shocking statement: "I made money by providing a product requested by the people.
In the United States, there are three main social class levels: lower class, middle class, and the upper class. The most common characteristics that are associated with class structure are income and education level. In the 1920’s, the economy was at a prime period known as the “Roaring Twenties”. It was a time for
The Mobsters of the 1920s Mobsters of the 1920s were a major contributor on society in the 1920s. Their bootlegging was quite profitable as the 18th amendment banned alcohol production, they would stock speakeasies or underground clubs with alcohol. They also created a lot of crime in violence through their wars of commerce. Rival gangs and anyone who got in their would could have been subject to violence or death. The mobsters way of profit was found through robbery, bootlegging racketeering and extortion.
In the 20’s, the Mafia were the kingpins in the crime business, having taken advantage of prohibition of alcohol to make most of their money. The Mafia made most of their money by selling bootleg versions of alcohol, but they made money through various different ways, none of which were legal. They used many illegal activities to make money, most of which were in big plots to get the money, such as bribing and blackmailing politicians and officers, which was probably one of their biggest schemes to get money. They had many other, smaller, ways to get money for their organization. For example, they hijacked trucks filled with cargo, or bribed dock workers to cause an “accident” to get the exported cargo, both of which gave the Mafia large sums of money for each.
Gangsters’ main methods of gaining control were by instilling fear into local business; once people feared them they were able to exploit them. “By the 1920s, Americans had consumed over twenty-five million gallons of illegal liquor, and bootlegging became a one billion dollars business” As the bootlegging business blossomed, street gangs became established gangsters. With their new found wealth they were able to pay off law enforcement officials. Many law enforcement officials took the bribe, because they were underpaid and overworked. Not only did gangsters have money, they now had the power of the law which made running their operations less complicated.
Although many citizens viewed capitalists as “Captains of Industry,” they can also, just as easily, be seen as “Robber Barons.” Even though railroads were beneficial to society, they were not without corruption, as shown by the Credit Mobilier scandal. This was a railroad company that paid itself huge sums of money for small railroad construction. In fact, it received twenty-three million dollars in profit. Moreover, the railroad industry could be seen as completely insincere and dishonest because of its monopoles. Another broader view of industry was that the poor was becoming more impoverished and the rich were gaining more fame.
Especially in the Great Depression, were alcohol was even more wanted. Criminals would earn lots of money for illegally selling this to the consumers. (Document A) Criminals would be the only people having a good time during the Great Depression. In Prohibition the murder rates sky rocketed
Nick was also newly rich like Gatsby. He dehumanized the Buchanans in the fact that he thought of them as careless except when it comes to their image or their money. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, provides criticism of the wealthy or rather the old money. “They were careless people-Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…,” (Fitzgerald 179). In The Great Gatsby both Gatsby and Nick were thought of as poor because they were nouveaux riche rather that old money like Tom and Daisy.
“America whose ideals, noble in themselves, [is] becoming untenable, [and is] being corrupted, or crushed and cast out by a new culture progressively giving itself over to material, amoral pleasure (Haegert 97).” The prohibition laws that the US put into place backfired as people realized the profit they could earn by producing and selling alcohol. Instead of being driven by the idea that hard work would earn them the money they deserve, many Americans began to bootleg newly prohibited alcohol, smuggle drugs, gamble, and form gangs that participated in illegal activities and kept their actions secret. This became known as organized crime. The crime rate was exceedingly high in the roaring twenties due to the prohibition laws put in place after the war and people being so driven by wealth that they lost sight of their