The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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The Great Gatsby is a novel written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald that takes place during the time of Prohibition. Prohibition is a time period in American History where alcohol is prohibited from being manufactured, sold, and consumed. Even though this was an amendment to the constitution many people chose freely to go against this law. The effects from this are illegally selling alcohol for profit. Jay Gatsby is a main character in the novel; he illegally sells and manufactures alcohol and also has parties that have very good reputation in the West and East Egg neighborhoods. The writer of The Great Gatsby has a negative experience with alcohol and it’s effects. He uses these negative effects to emphasize the characters in the novel and their own experiences with Prohibition and alcohol. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby uses the setting of Prohibition to emphasize upper class carelessness, which reflects the author’s own experience of alcohol abuse, and American ingenuity as gangsters emerge. Prohibition was a period of time in American history when alcohol was banned from being distributed, sold, manufactured, and consumed. This time period lasted from the years 1920-1933. The idea behind this amendment to the constitution was to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed in the United States (Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History 1066). The government viewed the amount of alcohol being consumed as a “bad temptation”, so they came to a decision to ban it altogether…

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