Essay On The Great Gatsby

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The 1920’s were a time to live without thinking of the consequences or have regrets. This time period sounds a lot like the one we’re living in today. In the 1920’s people like to party, dance and have a good time. Prohibition and the comfort of the economy contributed to this “yolo” lifestyle. Many other things affected the lifestyle such as leisure activities and the extravagant parties which encouraged people to be risky even more. The 1920’s were a turning point in how people lived and contributed to America today. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the easygoing atmosphere of the 1920’s is set by the unique use of social classes and lifestyles in New York and Long Island during this carefree and optimistic era.
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In The Great Gatsby it doesn’t flat out tell us all about Gatsby’s business deals but Fitzgerald gives us a good indication based off of his friends and his fast wealth. These types of men such as Wolfshiem were known as bootleggers. Prohibition influenced the lifestyles of everyone in the 1920’s in many ways. A lot of the time people got officers to ignore the manufacturing and selling of alcohol. The ban on alcohol just made the demand even higher and rarely did people actually follow the law. Alcohol is a large part of the book. At first Nick isn’t a drinker at all but once he moves and starts hanging out with the crowd of New York is when he really starts. When he drinks his judgment and view of things can be altered and that makes him less reliable as a person and narrator. From The Great Gatsby a quote about Nick says “I had taken two finger-bowls of champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound.” (Fitzgerald). Despite Nick’s judgment being clouded by alcohol it gives us the opportunity to see the parties how most people view them. They become more magical and exciting than the parties would be without all of the excessive dancing, drinking and people. All of these things added to the experience that partygoers had every

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