Power Men In The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s: the period where everybody believed that hard work would lead to wealth and happiness. People will do anything to be wealthy, the belief of the American Dream. Times where money is one of the most important aspects in life, marrying for wealth, power and reputation. Although anyone could have that dream There is one in a million chance to succeed that dream. James Gatz, later known as Jay Gatsby experiences the American Dream coming true. Mr. Fitzgerald used Gatsby to suggest that the American Dream is very hard to achieve. There was social corruption in those days and still exist today. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows these concepts in the novel The Great Gatsby. These themes are shown in both the lyrics by Lauryn Hill “All Falls Down” …show more content…
Fitzgerald is criticizing American society of the 1920s. Mr. Fitzgerald used Tom to symbolize the power men had during the 1920s. Mr. Fitzgerald made Tom, so his reader doesn’t like him. Tom is a violent, arrogant, and disrespectful, to show how men was to women. For example, he breaks Myrtle’s nose, his mistress “Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (Pg. 37) this shows that men are overpowering women with their strength. Another example showing the disrespect for women is that Tom is always cheating on Daisy openly. Daisy knows that he is having an affair, but there is nothing she can do about …show more content…
For the road to riches and diamond rings” (Line 32-33) same with Gatsby doing shady business to become wealthy. An example of social corruption is the police, in the novel Gatsby was pulled over by a cop, but he showed the cop a paper to show who he is and the cop left him. The cop didn’t punish him because Gatsby is a millionaire. Just like in the song, “I say f___ the police, that’s how I treat’em. We buy our way out of jail, but we cant buy freedom” meaning cops would let you go if you can pay them. Wealth, American Dream and social corruption are the main themes for “The Great Gatsby” and “Things Fall Down” with using almost the same examples meaning it is true, Polices, the rich and the poor. How society used to work and may still like that today. People still dreams of achieving the American Dream and sees the possibility, but in reality they just cant see the reality that it is almost impossible to achieve

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