Theme Of Mentality In The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a book that takes place all the way back in the 1920s where we look through the eyes of a young man by the name of Nick Carraway. Nick moved from Minnesota into New York Long island and quickly befriends the mysterious Jay Gatsby which is whom the story is oriented around. We see through Nick 's eyes Jay Gatsby fight for the woman he loves (a married woman by the name of Daisy) and in the end, die with a broken heart. The Great Gatsby is all about the 1920s the American dream and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s opinion on them, within the book Scott Fitzgerald makes it obvious he doesn 't approve of the way people were choosing to act and the way the new mentality changed the American dream in the 1920s. But…show more content…
The 1920s changed many things from how people thought, acted, dressed, saw others, and it changed the way we see the American dream as. All this change did not all the sudden appear there was an event that caused this massive change in mentality and that was World war one. During the world war, the Americans bonded with each other, every American was on the same team ethnicity and class did not separate people from each other as much. “Americans all being on the same team, no matter economic class or ethnicity.[9] The World War I era was a time of strict moral codes with serious objectives to be accomplished, and, as any largely supported war time, produced huge economic success and prosperity, giving birth to the infamous Roaring Twenties.” (“The American Dream in the 1920s & 30s” Savannah Grantham). The strict morals and seriousness within the U.S. were a part of it too, everybody pitched in and everyone had their part. At the end of the World war there was a huge economic boom, financial success became a more reachable goal for everyone to grasp. A huge generation of men was wiped out during the war and the woman along with some men of the time just wanted to enjoy life, for many people that was expressed through reckless spending of money change of morals and way of thinking. Since the way of thinking changed so did the ideas but the main one was the American dream itself. “ From that point on, that very same idea of what it is to be an American could never be extinguished, but would instead endure and thrive into the renowned American Dream. American investors define the American Dream as ‘The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone’ and believe that ‘The American dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking
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