The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Mobs. The Mafia. Gangs. Organized crime has been a part of America’s history for a long time. The height of their glory days in the US occurred during one specific time period: the 1920s. They are featured in novels of the time, reminiscences, and have held a strange pull over the American people since. People are fascinated with the inner workings of the organizations and the lives of those on the inside. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby’s affiliation with organized crime prevents him from attaining his ultimate dream of living in East Egg and taints him in the eyes of Daisy Buchanan, forever preventing them from having a relationship.
The title “organized crime” is such for a reason as it is highly organized and efficient. The United States FBI’s website section on organized crime explains the legal definition of organized crime: “The FBI defines organized crime as any group having some manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money through illegal activities” (“Organized Crime”). It goes on to say that these organizations are usually in more than one illegal business. They are spread out and have “extensive supporting networks” meaning that they are linked to numerous other crime groups, cities, political offices, or civil services (such as the police or the courts). Organized crime is incredibly complex and far-reaching in society.
In the FBI’s definition of organized crime a structure was mentioned. Here, it is referring to a hierarchy within the group. On the top is the mob boss. This is the man (or woman) who calls the shots and decides the direction his or her organization will take. They are in charge of all the big, executive decisions. The front man is one step dow...

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... Buchanan is the love interest of Mr. Gatsby. She is of old money and old respectability. Never in her wildest dreams would she give up her comfortable life to marry a man like Gatsby. Gatsby and Daisy are from different worlds, he from crime and she from respectability. She would do anything to keep it that way.

Works Cited

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York, NY: Scribner, 1996. Print.
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Rzepka, Charles J., and Lee Horsley. "Gangs and Mobs: Original Gangsters: Lippard and Fitzgerald." A Companion to Crime Fiction. Chichester, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 210-12. Print.
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