The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

1508 Words Dec 19th, 2014 7 Pages
Married men infatuate themselves with elegant dresses as bootlegged alcohol permeates the air. Jay Gatsby’s parties depict the absence of morality during the infamous Prohibition Era in American history. F. Scott Fitzgerald reached the climax of his writing career in the Roaring 20’s. Fitzgerald’s historic, fictitious classic, The Great Gatsby, was set in the prime of the Jazz Age, in and around New York City, the hub of social and material wealth, when morality was the least concern of the general public. Mobsters roamed the streets. Bootleggers filled drugstores with prohibited liquor. Women’s hair got shorter along with their hem lines. Fitzgerald portrayed the immorality from the decade in not only the insane Gatsby parties, but in the very characters themselves. The characters exhibited few, if any morals, throughout the novel, with the exception of Nick. Affairs become as common as bread. Myriads of wealth accumulate through illegal alcohol. Violence and drunkenness plague the story. Daisy and Tom carelessly abandoned Gatsby, refusing to accept the consequences of their destructive actions. Fitzgerald grew up in the Midwest and eventually attended Princeton University. Although, he was a poor student, he excelled in literature. He even managed to marry the girl of his dreams Zelda. Fitzgerald included the previously mentioned similarities and many more between Nick and Gatsby and himself. Fitzgerald’s lifestyle and conformation to the Roaring 20’s ultimately…

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