The Decline Of American Society In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Everyone has a false face. Although we were born bare, our experiences, society and the prejudiced perspective that mankind has on itself have left us inevitability concealing our vulnerable flesh. It is forlorn, however, as life has the tendency to reveal us, leaving us scrutinizing for a new beginning. As it did to the Americans of the 1920s. Through the decline of American Society, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby demonstrates the revision of the American Dream.
In the early 1920s, the American Dream was of a divergent view. There was a common disposition which urged the people of that day and age to display themselves as part of a “modern” nation. Because of World War I, Americans only wanted to return home, back to their lives. However,
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Unemployment was nearly non-existent and was looked down upon in 1920 society. Simply due to there being plenty of wealth to go around. Almost as if they were challenged, Americans put the concept of “Work now and play later,” into shame as more jobs and fewer work hours allowed Americans to be able to have more time for popular cultural events while still engaging in earning their wage. In an article by Joshua Zeitz, he elaborated that it was all possible due to “the work week of the urban blue-collar worker fell from 55.9 hours in 1900 to 44.2 in 1929, while his or her real wages rose by 25 percent.” (Zeitz 1) He then mentions popular entertainments similar to dance halls, theaters, and sports stadiums that citizens of the 1920’s enjoyed to participate in during their free time with that money earned. In such social events, conversations usually revolved around one’s business and line of work. People connections and social gatherings were needed to be relevant in this era. Businessmen exchanged cards, women persuaded each other to buy products and many business relations were established this way. In this evidence, it is clearly seen that money was not a problem and almost like Americans had too much time on their …show more content…
However, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, in the 1920’s, the topic sparked the fear of Radicalism known as the “Red Scare.” World Book goes into detail on the event, confirming that “Many Americans blamed what they regarded as an international Communist conspiracy for various protest movements and union activities in 1919 and 1920.” (“Roaring Twenties”) They believed that this ideology was spread from immigrants to which they insisted on a limiting entry into the United States. As said in the previous paragraph, this was due to the fear of said immigrants or in this case, union organizers taking away jobs and wealth of those who were more generally accepted and fit the role of an

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