The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay example

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” shows the contrast in how people thought prior to and during the 1920’s, especially regarding mindsets about God. Though generations before had held God to a high regard, “The Great Gatsby”, arguably a criticism of the 1920’s, shows the way those beliefs began to fade. People began to turn away from religion and instead towards materialism and personal desires.

Along with all the chaotic situations in the book comes the expectation that there will be some sort of justification. But judgment day never comes for Tom and especially for Daisy, who gets away with murder. After Tom and Daisy make their silent escape, Nick takes a step back and reflects on them, thinking that, “they smashed up things and creatures...and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” (Ch 9, pg.107) Wherever Tom and Daisy go, a metaphorical hurricane follows. Oblivious to their habit of ruining people’s lives, they continue on their path of destruction and demise, never having to face the music. Daisy is the biggest winner, killing someone, indirectly causing Gatsby’s death and destroying what is left of Wilson’s life, while getting off scot-free. People with genuine Christian/Catholic (and other branches of those) values and traditional hopes would look to some higher power to dole out the punishment, but since there is no justification, people are starting to believe that there is no almighty deity. Their beliefs could be further exacerbated by the…

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