Superficiality In The Great Gatsby

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What Lies Behind The Glamorous Eggs of New York and The Reality of Its American Dream
The 1920s, also known as the Roaring Twenties and the Dollar Decade is a decade renowned as the age of prosperity. The decade is defined by the soaring economic growth, which brought forth the idea of the American Dream. Life was modernized in all aspects; there was a drastic change shown in fashion, music and morality. Despite the fun and prosperity that is known to have defined this decade, it is argued in a different light that it was a decade of superficiality and shallowness because of its emphasis on status and wealth. The Great Gatsby, published in 1925 is a classic novel praised for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s social commentary, which emphasizes the emptiness
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The Great Gatsby is the epitome of the emptiness of the Roaring Twenties and the idea of the American Dream which acts a social commentary that still connects to today’s society and its own idea of the American Dream because it actively illustrates the aspects of shallowness, carelessness and selfishness through the display of Tom and Daisy’s …show more content…
It is Gatsby’s death that truly makes Nick realize the emptiness of the lives and the value of Gatsby’s dream. What came as a shock was that despite the fact that hundreds of people would come to his house every weekend for his lavish, grand parties, no one had cared enough to even attend his funeral except for three people: Nick, Gatsby’s father and one man who used to attend Gatsby’s parties. Even the people who had a part in Gatsby’s life did not seem to have legitimate grief after hearing the news of his death, i.e. Klipspringer phones Gatsby and Nick thinking that he is calling to tell him he’ll be attending his funeral is dismayed to find out that he had only called to ask about his tennis shoes that he had left in the house. Because the wealthy New York's are shallow and lack substance morally, it is no surprise they would not show any concern towards the death of Gatsby as he was nothing but a wealthy man who threw grand parties to them. As a result of Nick’s disgust, he states that “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”. (190) Nick comes to the conclusion New York was not the place for him anymore, as he could not stand

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