The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Symbolism in The Great Gatsby serves as a connection of the novel to the struggling decade at the time. The Roaring Twenties was plagued with a handful of economic issues and the struggle to obtain the American Dream. Described by Taylor Hales, “Considering the context in which organized crime grew - namely the setting of Chicago, its government system, layout, difficulty of attaining a decent job, hard times of The Depression, and Prohibition - it almost seems inevitable for this growth to have occurred.” The American Dream in reality was nearly impossible due to the poor city infrastructure, struggling job market, and political tensions. Described by Jacob Black “The beginning of bootlegging A tidal wave of organized crime would sweep across the nation as large gangs would begin to enter the business of bootlegging.” Bootlegging of the Roaring Twenties began to reidentify the American Dream as gaining wealth, no matter how dishonest the means were.

In The Great Gatsby, money buys everything for Jay Gatsby, except the old relationship with Daisy Buchanan. In discussion between Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby describes “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ He cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’”(Fitzgerald 110). Gatsby holds onto the constant belief that no matter what it costs, he can make Daisy fall in love with him. Described by Fitzgerald “ He followed me wildly into the kitchen, closed the door and whispered:‘Oh, God!’ In a miserable way. ‘What’s the matter?’…

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