Glamour In The Great Gatsby
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the glamour—along with the corruption—of the 1920s is closely examined. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived through the Jazz Age and had first-hand knowledge of the era. With the economy booming, huge, lavish parties were a staple in society, as echoed in the novel. People went about their materialistic ways, paying little to no attention to others. Similarly, in The Great Gatsby, few people took the time to truly get to know Jay Gatsby. He is painted as a hopeless romantic, remembering his past love with Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is viewed as a man who is head over heels in love with Daisy, but when analyzed, he is seen to be crazy and possessive. During the roaring twenties, both in real life and in the novel, society …show more content…
They looked out of place in their high-glamour, glittering outfits in an area full of people in modern-day ensembles. However, that was not what was catching some people’s attention. Some, particularly girls, were staring with a certain look in their eye. At first I couldn’t quite place it, but as I continued to rack my brain, it came to me: longing. These girls wanted whatever was on display in front of them.
Wrong! That was the next word that flashed across my brain. After witnessing just that small exchange between Daisy and Gatsby, I knew something was off. Daisy was obviously scared, and Gatsby was brushing her off. He had also grabbed her. Their actions were setting off alarms in my head, but for the other girls, it was sending dopamine to their brains.
I turned my attention back to the couple. Gatsby’s hands still had a firm grasp on Daisy’s shoulders and she was beginning to tense up, but she said nothing about it. “Maybe we should try to find someone who can help us,” she said meekly.
Gatsby’s hold only tightened at that. “Daisy,” he said through clenched teeth, “it doesn’t matter. We wanted to run away together; now we have! We’re