A lot of people did not agree with prohibition and still wanted a way to get alcohol. Prohibition started because alcoholism and domestic violence was at a high and by getting rid of alcohol Congress thought domestic violence, bar fights and things of that nature would go away. Gangsters came to power because people needed a way to get alcohol and gangsters had it. But with the rise of gangsters came the rise of organized crime, which was just as bad if not worse than when people could freely get alcohol. One quote that explains how organized crime became more and more in power, “In Chicago a bare six months of prohibition has raised the total of crime, figured for the entire year, more than 25 per cent.
Speakeasies were businesses that sold illegal liquor. The gang leaders opened nightclubs with the best bands, talented dancers and lots of illegal alcohol. The name ‘speakeasy’ originated from the fact that people had to ‘keep it on the low down’ when talking about these illegal pubs yet the people who attended these speakeasies were not shy to be seen there. They were sometimes raided by police and the owners and people who attended were arrested, but speakeasies were so profitable that they continued to thrive. Due to the implementation of prohibition, some speakeasies ensured that the people drank illegal liquor from tea cups, in the event of a police raid.
Firstly, Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy led to his successes that eventually led to failures of money. Gatsby understands winning over Daisy he must impress her with money. Therefore, he starts illegal affairs (bootlegging) to become rich. Gatsby wanted to become rich enough so Daisy can love him and want to be with him. This quote for example shows that, “The one on my right was a colossal affair by a standard-it was a factual imitation of some hotel de ville in Normandy with a tower on one side spanking new under a thin beard of raw in, and a marble swimming pool, and more than…”(pg.11).
Many people ended up dying from many causes during prohibition. But some were more serious causes than others. Mostly because some were intentional shootings between gangs and folks arguing over the liquor because of the little amount available. Others were because gangs would fight over territories and if other gangs were trying to sell to their customers. Some gang fights even became famously known “ The worst episode was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre on February 14, 1929.
Now even though this was the situation in the country, alcohol still did play a major role in the modernist versus traditionalist agenda since, bootlegged alcohol was still available mainly by means of crime lords and families such as the notorious, most wanted criminal of the 1920’s, Al Capone. Modernists saw alcohol as an element that provided personal freedom. This was a complete paradox of what the traditionalists believed: they said that alcohol caused crimes and broke apart families and that where there was no alcohol people were generally happier and healthier. Soon, many speakeasies spread throughout the country. “They were given their unique name for the need to whisper, or "speak easy," as patrons attempted to cross their illegal thresholds.
People define the American Dream on the base of their necessity and wisdom. Thomson and his attorney made the journey of Vegas to find their American Dream. Furthermore, during the journey, they felt how American counter culture distracted common people’s American Dream. Thomson describes that the excessive use of drugs and alcohol, which made easily distract to immigrant from their real goal of American Dream. He spent all his money behind hotel, transportation, drugs, restaurant, and on the bar which are normally the symbol of excessive life style while it was completely opposite of the normal people’s American Dream.
Gatsby believes that wealth is the only way that he will “gain respect” (47) from Daisy so he acquires money by whatever means possible. The need to become wealthy for Daisy, drove Gatsby to the point of getting involved in “illegal activities (123) in order to become rich for Daisy. On the other hand, Daisy Buchanan determines who she will marry by how much money a person has. When Daisy was young, she has a relationship with Gatsby, but breaks it off because he does not “have enough money” (112). She then decides to settle on Tom, who is “abusive” (23) which Daisy tolerates due to the fact that Tom is extremely wealthy.
The government was much more focused on Russia and dealing with the communists. By not keeping an eye on the epidemic they were unprepared for the spark in the drug and failed to acknowledge the epidemic until late into the cocaine epidemic. Cocaine was also one of the most accessible illegal narcotics in the country. Cocaine was being brought into the United States at such a rapid rate
The 1920s was a time of entrepreneurship, big spending, and partying. At the heart of these parties was the popular 1920s activity of drinking, Which was threatened by prohibition. The law of prohibition came into effect on January 16, 1920 and was intended to end drinking and drunkenness. However this policy backfired and sent the American alcohol industry into black market functions.
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.
They realized that the evils of alcohol remained, but they had also realized the effects of Prohibition to be far-reaching and perhaps worse than alcohol itself. According to famous tycoon John D. Rockefeller, "Drinking has generally increased, the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has been recruited and financed on a colossal
The 1920s were hard times for some United State citizens. With the ending of World War I a housing boom in Britain and the United States leads to an increase in homeownership. The League of Nations is founded but the United States votes against joining. The Russian Civil war ends but the country struggles as a famine begins in 1920 and worsens the following year. The 18th Amendment ( Volstead Act / National Prohibition Act ) goes into force at the beginning of the decade which in turn leads to increased black market alcohol that is sold in speakeasies and run by mobsters who pay off local politicians.
The Great Gatsby has many themes which are still relevant in today’s society. These themes helped us learn more about the time period the novel was set in. In “The Great Gatsby” F.Scott Fitzgerald utilizes characters such as Gatsby, Tom and Jordan, symbols like the green light, the eyes of Dr.T.J. Eckleburg and Gatsby’s parties, and motifs such as illusion vs reality, relationships , and moral decay to illustrate the themes of love, hypocrisy, and carelessness throughout the book. To begin with, love is a key theme shown through Gatsby and his hope symbolized through the green light which blinds him from the motif of illusion vs. reality.
The theme of the The Great Gatsby, in my knowledge has to do with the time period that the main character was living in, and how the men and women would make choices based off of if another person had a high title and a hefty amount of money. The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Street By H.P. Lovecraft utilizes setting, characterization, and irony to show the different ways that people had gotten around . The Anthem for Doomed Youth is based in the early 1900s states how the author believes that the future youth of generations are not in good hands. More violence and no more manners or normal rituals.
The settlers of America founded their colonies on being an inspiration for the rest of the world, as time grew on there was a shift of values and the aspiration to guide the rest of the world changed to individuals hunting for wealth. In 1630 when the Puritans settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony they worked to establish a successful community, or “A City Upon a Hill” written by John Winthrop. While in the 1920’s the people of America were no longer concerned with communal gains and rather the success and wealth of the individual, which F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about in The Great Gatsby. Although being an inspiration to other places around the world is important, it is still no longer a focus and has been replaced by greed and corruption. Society has changed a majority of americans into working for themselves rather and working for the greater good.