Essay American Dreams And Adventures : The Great Depression

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Black Tuesday signified the first catastrophic event in a series to come initiating the Great Depression which latest from 1929 to 1939, marking the deepest and longest economic downturn the Western world has ever seen. Not only did this spark several fundamental government programs that still exist today, but it signified a shift in literature and augmented its growth. Prior to the Great Depression, novels telling of adventure, free spirits, and politics were popular amongst communities. This economic crisis resulted in millions of unemployed Americans with free time to spare, allowing reading to become a popular pastime. Based on the new economic, political, and social situations present, literature became an escape into what might be. Novels captured American dreams and adventures as well as reflecting on the harsh life that so many Americans endured during this period. The Great Depression catalyzed the development of American literature in the 1930’s creating some of the most influential, popular pieces today.
Prior to the Great Depression, literature consisted of adventure, foreshadowing,escapes, the mid-west, and politics. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells of an exhilarating couple of affairs as wealthy lovers cross paths and become tangled in the presence of Nick Carraway, the main character. Tom and Daisy, Nick’s cousins, are happily wed. However, as the plot thickens, the reader learns of Tom’s mistress Myrtle and Daisy’s lover…

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