Theme Of Alcohol In The Great Gatsby

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F. Scott Fitzgerald poured his ideas from the 1920s into The Great Gatsby. This era is profoundly known for its glamour, jazz, and prohibition. Glamour and Jazz can be found in the book through magnificent parties and lifestyles. The lifestyles in the book, poor or rich, have one common factor, alcohol. Prohibition protruded in this period, and though the roaring twenties were full of optimism, hope, scandals, and envy, all of which are themes of Fitzgerald’s hit novel, alcohol was included in everyone’s life. Inside this ravishing book we meet characters Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Jordan Baker, Daisy Buchanan, and Tom Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan came from a wealthy family. Nick Carraway mentions how careless Tom was in college with his money on page 6. Along with Tom’s wealth comes his conceded mannerisms. When Nick describes him he says, “two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face… the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward”(Fitzgerald, 7). From the beginning of the book we have an understanding that Tom Buchanan has a superiority complex and a bad attitude. It is clear that Tom Buchanan dominance, in closer view, stems from not only his wealth, but marrying the most desirable girl around, Daisy. Tom Buchanan is portrayed as a wealthy careless man. He is figure is described as “a cruel body”, and his voice was “a gruff and husky tenor” (Fitzgerald, 7). Mr. Buchanan views himself as a superiority to other colors and those not as wealthy as
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