The Great Gatsby Essay

895 Words Mar 21st, 2009 4 Pages
Rolling Twenties Brother The era known as the Roaring Twenties was a time of immense joy, opportunity and prosperity. Unfortunately, the 1920’s was also a period where greed, corruption and organized crime took a firm foothold. The exuberant happiness of the time was only trumped by its gap between the rich and the poor. The novel shows the true face of the so-called Age of Wonderful Nonsense with the writer’s own personal conflict. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s groundbreaking novel The Great Gatsby has stood the test of time with its messages of how corruption, extravagance, and overindulgence can destroy people’s lives and relationships. Egotism can overtake the minds of virtually anyone who attempts to gain status and wealth. The gift of …show more content…
Several other characters are also shown to have fallen into the vice of corruption. Tom’s corruption was undoubtedly his infidelity with Myrtle, Jordan Baker’s cheating in the golf match, and Gatsby’s mysterious way of gaining his vast fortune. It is speculated that during this era of Prohibition that the only way he could have gained his wealth was because, “He’s a bootlegger” (Fitzgerald 61). It seems that nearly every character in The Great Gatsby is entangled in some form of corruption or deceit. “Fitzgerald’s own experiences with frauds, gangsters and mischievous characters of all types aided him in shedding light on the malfeasance that are notorious in that era” (“Great Gatsby Captures” SRC). The Jazz Age brought about newfound emphasis on ones on personal property and social status. The values that were rooted so deeply to the American spirit had been pushed aside to make way for the new values: wealth, power and social prominence. As stated by Mr. Richard Staton, “Mass production saw prices plummet and profits skyrocket” (Staton SRC). Self-indulgence is a common flaw associated the attainment of substantial amounts of wealth. The lavish parties and extravagant celebrations were a very popular practice during the Roaring Twenties. These measures were usually used to create envy and desire from friends and foes alike. Gatsby’s attempt to woo Daisy by demonstrating his immense wealth by lighting up his

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