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F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby - The Up-Roaring Twenties Great Gatsby Essays

The Great Gatsby: The Up-Roaring Twenties


The 1920s in America were a decade of great social change. From

fashion to politics, forces clashed to produce a very ^Roaring^

decade. Jazz sounds dominated the music industry. It was the age of

prohibition, the age of prosperity, and the age of downfall. It was

the age of everything, and this can be witnessed through the novel by

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. The Roaring Twenties help

create Gatsby's character. Gatsby's participation in the bootlegging

business, the extravagant parties he throws, and the wealthy, careless

lifestyle the Buchanans represent are all vivid pictures of that time

frame. It turns out, although he was used and abused by all the people

whom he thought of as friends, Jay Gatsby ^turned out alright in the

end.^ (Fitzgerald 6) It almost seems as if he is better off dead,

according to the narrator, because all his so-called ^friends^ either

deserted him or used him for their own personal gain. There are signs

of this all! throughout the novel, but it is especially evident in the

final chapters. In chapter seven, when Myrtle Wilson is killed, Daisy

accepts no responsibility for Myrtle^s death. She just sits back and

lets Gatsby take all the blame for her actions. Gatsby is very willing

to do so, because of the love he has for Daisy. All Gatsby can think

about after the accident is what Daisy went through, it was as if

^Daisy^s reaction was the only thing that mattered.^ (Fitzgerald 151)

Gatsby stands outside of Daisy and Tom^s house for hours, waiting for a

sign from Daisy that things were alright. ^I want to wait here till

Daisy goes to bed.^ (Fitzgerald 153) Inside, as she talks with Tom,

Daisy shows no remorse, she just continues with her life as if it never

happened. In chapter eight, Gatsby recounts for Nick all the memo...