F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby And Pieces From The Harlem Renaissance

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The Troublesome Twenties The excitement of the beginning of the 1920s was like the roar of an engine in a brand new car. Each person had their own car, that started off strong, lively, and even intimidating to some. Their goal was to reach the finish line: prosperity. Despite the exciting start of the race, when women gained rights, technology developed, and the stock market thrived, most of the cars would fall behind, hit a bump in the road, and lose their momentum. Overall, it seemed like a time of prosperity. However, that is not entirely true, as shown through literary works from the time period such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and pieces from the Harlem Renaissance. Although critics may argue that the 1920’s was a time of affluence, it was actually a time of hardship, as shown through the struggle with reality, impossibility of the American Dream, and lack of morality.
While the 1920’s seemed to be lively with people who were pleased with their lives, they really were not satisfied and struggled with reality. Gatsby’s parties were a way for people to escape their reality and live in an exciting illusion. As Gatsby’s parties wined down, the mood changes, and, “Most of the remaining women were now having fights with men said to be their husbands” (Fitzgerald 51). The illusions that are created only last so long, and often make the return to reality that much more difficult, as shown by the crowds of all different statuses at Gatsby’s home. During this time…

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