The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1657 Words May 11th, 2015 7 Pages
“Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children 's party taken over by the elders” F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Roaring Twenties consisted of dancing, parties, and illegal alcohol. The passage of the Prohibition acts made liquor more appealing to the American public. People lost moral thoughts and values in attempts to get alcohol. They would work with people they once thought were criminals and therefore became criminals themselves. Though many books depict this new life style, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book truly shows the extent to which people would go to get alcohol. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, demonstrates the ineffectiveness of prohibition through the multiple scenes of over consumption of alcohol and bootlegging references.
Prohibition marked a change in the nation 's history. People saw life as carefree and without consequences. On January 19, 1920, prohibition started with the passage of the Volstead Act, but it did not bring about the change some people wanted (Lerner). Instead bar owners turned their stores and restaurants into speakeasies, illegal bars, and sold alcohol in secret. Some of them disguised their shops as private homes or soda joints. Bar owners would also give free alcohol to policemen to prevent raids (Carlisle 162). Prohibition was meant to put an end to crime, but it only increased it. Crime bosses became more popular, more confident, and richer. Even though bootlegging was at its…

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