"He and this Wolfshiem bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That 's one of his little stunts. I picked him for a bootlegger the first time I saw him, and I wasn 't far wrong"(143). Gatsby always did dream of becoming rich and being able to win Daisy over, but he did not have a set out plan to do just that. He went around the obstacle of finding a way to become rich and started selling grain alcohol over the counter and cheated his way to becoming rich.
On another occasion, Gatsby was pulled over for speeding; he flashed the police officer a card and was let off. “Taking a white card from his wallet he waved it before the man’s eyes…Know you next time Mr. Gatsby” (The Great Gatsby 72). Although Fitzgerald does not specificall... ... middle of paper ... ...he prohibition era served as a catalyst, fueling the lucrative bootlegging industry, churning out multi-millionaires (like Gatsby) every other day. Coming from a lower class background, Gatsby could not resist blowing his new money on parties, clothing, and cars, let alone pursue the love of his life. He fell into a delusional state in which he believed that his money could buy anything.
Prohibition created many problems including the increase in the crime rate throughout the U.S. and gang violence. Abraham Lincoln once said “Prohibition...goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes”. Mobsters gained their wealth through the illegal sale of alcohol. The average american man made 1,000 dollars annually during th... ... middle of paper ... ... in the 1920s said “There are two kinds of men in this town, the kind selling alcohol and the kind buying alcohol.” Americas foundation is based on the right to choose and the freedom of everyone. In the early 1900s it was very common for a man to come home and have a couple of drinks after a hard days work.
The Mafia was more than just an influential group of the 1920’s and 1930’s because it contributed to society in the past and continues to affect the present. The Prohibition period, a time when the sale of alcohol was illegal, was the Mafia’s first opportunity to rise above the average person. The Prohibition era allowed the Mafia to grow by giving them the chance to plan and distribute illegal substances (Mooney 14). Here, the Mafia could hire “bootleggers” and send them to do their illegal bidding while using any idea imaginable to disguise their trucks of alcohol (Lunde 131). The Mafia also used biker gangs to disguise themselves in order to transport their illegal liquor (Black 38).
Al Capone Legacy Al “Scarface” Capone was a successful entrepreneur who saw an opportunity and pounced on it. Capone made his fortune through both legal and illegal business practices. WIth these strategies they live on and we see them today still and with them many laws and reforms had been created because of Capone. Capone had a very challenging and different childhood with eight siblings, he was born January 17th, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. He had struggled in school, not because of the work as he was a fairly good student but he saw rules as something to break and not something to follow.
Bootleggers came out of the wood works everywhere. To bootleg is to “make, distribute, or sell illegally” (Oxford Dictionary), meaning that a bootlegger is a person who will make, distribute, or sell something illegally. In the 1920’s the bootlegging of alcohol became nothing but a norm for those who became quite good at it. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby and Wolfsheim perfectly represented the rise of crime and bootlegging at the time. Gatsby was even quoted saying, “He’s the man who fixed the World’s Series back in 1919” (Fitzgerald, 1925, p.73).
His uncle was shot by his rival, which gave the business to Torrio. They both created the selling of illegal alcohol in the city of Chicago (Haller 359). This impacted the U.S. because it gave many men and women beverages for their needs. Capone developed contacts to obtain imported liquor from Detroit, New York, and Miami (Haller 360). These purchases gave Capone power and wealth because he sold alcohol all over Chicago.
In the beginning of Prohibition, many small-time bar owners and middlemen created bootlegging services that provided illegal alcohol. Most of these people never gained a great deal of income from it, but with the rough economic times of the 1920’s, particularly in the later part of the decade, any extra source of funds was another way to provide for one’s family. Despite the minimal success of these men, there was the occasional exception who made millions of dollars on illegal and legal distribution. Al Capone is possibly the most famous example of all American mobsters. He was raised in Brooklyn and acquired the knowledge of petty crime at a young age.
In Chapter thirty-nine, Milo offered to help Yossarian look for Nately's whore's kid sister. When they went to the police station, one of the officers told Milo that illegal tobacco is being sold for a huge profit. Once again, money and power caught up with Milo, so he left Yossarian in order to obtain some illegal tobacco for the syndicate. One moral that Milo shares with a corporate business ethic is money comes before anything else. Milo showed aspects of the corporate business ethic by being cold-hearted and intelligent.
Al Capone became infamous from his empire that was built on illegal activities, but had public appeal because of his contributions and luxurious lifestyle. Alphonse “Scarface” Capone became a millionaire from bootlegging, prostitution, gambling, and racketeering. His empire began when Capone worked under Johnny Torrio in New York. Torrio eventually moved to Chicago and Capone followed. Torrio eventually left from the violence of the gangster lifestyle and moved back to Italy.