Impact of Prohibition in The Great Gatsby

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Looking back in American history, America has tended to have different phases lasting around ten years. The nineteen-twenties will always be remembered in history because of the triumphal progress in many different areas. The twenties were a time of great change in America in many different areas. The changes were in the laws, the lifestyle of women especially and the moral values that they lived by. One of the major events that sculpted this era was prohibition. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the life of crime associated with prohibition causing the enormous transformation of Jay Gatz to Jay Gatsby, and also causing a tremendous change in America. During the 1920’s many different people had problems with dinking, and it was a very controversial topic for people in many different age groups. Patterson, New York’s website explains that from the early beginnings of our country there has always been the controversial topic of alcohol, the way that people abuse and how they act under the influence of alcohol. Starting almost one hundred years before prohibition groups began forming to try and teach their peers about the “evils” that they associated with drinking. For the groups supporting the banning of alcohol they saw alcohol and its effects as representing poverty and other social ills that were going on in America (The Prohibition Area). Some of these opinions on the evils of alcohol are still prevalent in today’s society. Anytime when a controversial topic or ruling people through out the country form groups to help educate their fellow citizens about their views. According to the Ohio State University prohibition website, two main groups are credited with the help of putting Prohibition into la... ... middle of paper ... ...tzgerald intertwines his view on the nineteen-twenties with the lives of all of the characters in The Great Gatsby, but transforms Jay Gatsby most of all out of everyone in the novel. Works Cited Avey, Tori. "The Great Gatsby, Prohibition, and Fitzgerald." PBS, 14 May 2013. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print. "Temperance & Prohibition." Table of Contents | Temperance & Prohibition. Ohio State University, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. "The Prohibition Era." Historic Patterson, New York, 2006. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. "The 18th Amendment." The University of Albany, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Thornton, Mark. "Prohibition Caused the Greatness of Gatsby." The Ludwig Von Mises Institute. N.p., 15 May 2013. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. "Unintended Consequences." Prohibition: Unintended Consequences. PBS, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.
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