The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1018 Words Aug 12th, 2015 5 Pages
The “roaring twenties” was a rather robust era in American history in which society changed significantly. With the recent passing of prohibition and the newly won nineteenth amendment, which allowed women to vote, ideas began to emerge and materialize. Women became “free” and certain people began to undertake the practice of bootlegging certain illegal substances such as liquor. Many people were able to become wealthy nearly overnight as a direct result of bootlegging liquor and the stock market. It was the first time in American society that wealth was at everyone 's fingertips. World War One had just ended and the economy began to grow at an exponential rate. This was the point in time in which people began to live the “American Dream.” One man in particular took advantage of this period of prosperity and social change and made a name for himself, although all he did was ultimately in vain. He is the protagonist of The Great Gatsby and a physical representation of the “New Money.” His name is, Jay Gatsby. The 1920s was a birth of new opportunities and prosperity for America. The presidents at the time believed that because the nation was doing so well they should do nothing and became known as the do-nothings. Jay Gatsby arose from an impecunious childhood in North Dakota and from the beginning he despised poverty and longed for wealth and finesse. For Jay Gatsby, it was not so much that he wanted to become rich, but that he had to become rich in order to earn the love…

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