Great Gatsby Morality

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Married men infatuate themselves with elegant dresses as bootlegged alcohol permeates the air. Jay Gatsby’s parties depict the absence of morality during the infamous Prohibition Era in American history. F. Scott Fitzgerald reached the climax of his writing career in the Roaring 20’s. Fitzgerald’s historic, fictitious classic, The Great Gatsby, was set in the prime of the Jazz Age, in and around New York City, the hub of social and material wealth, when morality was the least concern of the general public. Mobsters roamed the streets. Bootleggers filled drugstores with prohibited liquor. Women’s hair got shorter along with their hem lines. Fitzgerald portrayed the immorality from the decade in not only the insane Gatsby parties, but in the …show more content…
After losing two daughters, his mother spoiled Fitzgerald, deepening his loathing of her. He commented once, “I didn’t know till 15 that there was anyone in the world except me and it cost me plenty.” (De Koster 15) After Fitzgerald’s father’s business, American Rattan and Willow Works, collapsed in 1898, his family relocated to Buffalo, New York. Sadly, Fitzgerald’s father lost his job in 1908 and spiraled into despair never to return a whole man. As Fitzgerald began attending school, it became evident that he despised school. His classes became opportunities for his fantasies to explore unknown territory. Consequently, his parents placed him in a strict boarding school, Newman School in Havensack, New Jersey. While at the Newman School, Fitzgerald often journeyed across the Hudson River and immersed himself in theater. The plays piqued his interest, and he engrossed himself in playwriting. Elizabethan Dramatic Club performed his plays over the summer. Later, Fitzgerald was determined to attend Princeton, and after being denied for poor grades, failing the entrance exam twice, he finally convinced admissions to accept him on probation in 1913. During his sophomore year, he fell …show more content…
“Girls bobbed their hair and shortened their skirts while boys filled their flasks with bootleg gin,” (Beers 621) January of 1920 began the unscrupulous activities when the constitutional amendment, prohibiting buying or selling liquor, was ratified. “Speakeasies” sprung up all over the country. Prohibition invented the bootlegger, many of whom became mobsters. The most famous of the mobsters was Al Capone (Moore Chapter 1). The notorious gangster “supplied 10,000 speakeasies, employed 700, and grossed $60 million in one year,” (Conlin 639).Crime greatly increased during the decade, impart to the prohibition. Even the law officials were on Capone’s pay roll. (Moore Chapter 1) Another corrupting medium, the movie industry exploded in 1919. The majority of the films featured scandalous themes, fascinating the young and concerning the old. Scandals became prevalent amongst the Hollywood society. Many of the older generations objected the obscenities; however, the youth of America embraced the ideals as seen in The Great Gatsby. Darwinism, additionally contributed to the corruption of American society. Although the theory was introduced in the nineteenth century, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial brought Darwinism to the forefront of America’s attention. Although Scopes was convicted, many Americans accepted the Darwin theory, rejecting the fundamentalist theory. The corruption of

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