Carelessness In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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“Others live on in a careless and lukewarm state - not appearing to fill Longfellow 's measure: 'Into each life, some rain must fall. ' (Mary Todd Lincoln).” Not having a care in the world could seem like the greatest way to live life, but reality will hit you at some point and you’re not always prepared. “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Every life will come with obstacles, and if one is not careful at all, everything could be taken. Carelessness may seem to be an easy way out of things, but you would be surprised how quickly life can change. The Jazz Age seemed to be well described as a time of carelessness among many who lived in the 1920’s, but soon reality would hit. As portrayed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, The Jazz …show more content…
Since the people had some extra money, they seemed to spend it on the “extra” goods. History.com tells us that some of the items the people spent the extra money on were things such as Radios, ready-to-wear clothes, and home appliances (History.com). Basically, it comes down to the fact that people spent money on some useless things just because they could. As History.com told us that one of the popular items that money was spent on was radios, which by the end of the 1920’s, were in more than 12 million households. As jazz music was booming, so was the purchase of radios (History.com). Boundless goes on to explain to us that radio stations and phonograph records carried the music to listeners all across the nation (Boundless.com). Although, radios were not the only luxury item being bought during this time. Another important consumer product was that known as the automobile. History.com tells us that this was actually the most important consumer product of the 1920’s. Today, some might think that so many buying automobiles would be a bit pricy, but at the time automobiles were actually low priced. Although automobiles started out as a luxury for the time, they soon became a necessity (History.com). The importance of automobiles is actually portrayed in the novel, The Great Gatsby, as George Wilson, husband to Myrtle Wilson, has an occupation that basically solely deals with cars and some major scenes are shown revealing …show more content…
With its many other titles, this era will be one for the books. F. Scott Fitzgerald, living during this time, portrayed the era with truth. Matthew J. Bruccoli states, “. . . Fitzgerald 's view of the Twenties was serious and complex, for he recognized the glamour as well as the waste, the charm as well as the self-destruction” (Schmoop Editorial Team). Although it may seem like this portrayed the era as a negative one, it was not. The 1920’s, or The Jazz Age, was a time period that may have been carefree but also taught people what life can do. All may seem well and dandy in the world but things can change right in front of your eyes. F. Scott Fitzgerald put a realistic twist on the depiction of the blissful life of the 1920’s to portray the life he, himself, recognized while living it. Just because things are going well does not always mean one should not take responsibility for the decisions they make. Having a care in the world is important and F. Scott Fitzgerald does a fantastic job teaching that throughout the novel. No measure of care is too much, but there may come a point where it might be too

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