Ethics and responsibilities are an area of thought for both classes, with noblesse oblige leaning more towards the wealthy. The world in the Roaring Twenties, shown in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the world today all hinge on the same ideas and issues, the most basic of which is the difference between the poor and the rich. The book takes place in the Roaring ‘20s, a time when everyone was rich. New money clashed with old money, and the sophisticated breeding of the wealthy class was not happy. The vulgar newly rich citizens were ruining society as morals loosened all around.
The storyline illustrates the dissolution of the American dream in an era of unparalleled prosperity and material intemperance. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, shown in the films cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. The recklessness that led to decadent parties and wild jazz music, shown in The Great Gatsby by the lavish parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night, resulted ultimately in the corruption of the American dream, as the uninhibited desire for money and pleasure exceeded more noble goals. The dizzying rise of the stock market in the aftermath of the war led to a sudden, sustained increase in the national wealth and a newfound materialism, as people began to spend and consume at unprecedented levels. A person from any social background could, potentially, make a fortune.
This example shows the readers of the rapid moral decline of society as the characters of the novel placed money before morality, indicating the era had a “reckless jubilance that led to decadent parties and wild jazz music—epitomized in The Great Gatsby by the opulent parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night—resulted ultimately in the corruption of the American dream, as the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpassed more noble goals”. The way that “Fitzgerald initially presents Gatsby as the aloof, enigmatic host of the unbelievably opulent parties thrown every week at his
In the post war period America became an incredibly affluent country, which rapidly industrialized and developed the quality of life. The American dream, through the eyes of Fitzgerald, was originally about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet the 1920’s are depicted in the novel, as a time of decayed social and moral values, corrupting this dream, evident in its overreaching cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. This is epitomized in the lavish parties that Gatsby throws every Saturday night. As the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpass more noble goals the American Dream reaches its ultimate corruption.
Immoral behavior is shown at Jay Gatsby’s parties in the poor behavior of the guests and the illegal activities there. Also, Gatsby himself, the story of his journey to riches, and his love for Daisy shows many signs of moral corruption. These symbols each show how the values in America are diminishing and they have other deeper meanings as well. The Valley of Ashes is a large poverty-ridden area filled with ashes that sits between two very rich cities, West Egg and New York City. The characters in the story have to drive through this depressed area every time that they go to the city.
He fell into a delusional state in which he believed that his money could buy anything. Gatsby, unsatisfied with his humble origins, wanted a life of sumptuous parties, fancy clothing, and the woman of his dreams. This led him to the corrupt underground world of illegal operations, especially the smuggling of alcohol. The 1920’s marked a decade of loose moral and social values. People were engaged in an era of consumerism as displayed by Gatsby’s parties.
In the 1920s, prohibition, the ban on alcohol is in full force in order to better society, alcohol was seen as the corrupter of people’s judgement. Ironically prohibition caused society to decay, despite the many boons happening at the time. Beneath the seemingly prosperous country lies corruption, inequality, and despair. The corruption is so obvious, that author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a book on this subject called The Great Gatsby. His main character, Jay Gatsby, spent his whole life trying to become rich enough to win the heart of a now married Daisy.
and giant clothing collection all represent the corruption. His use of status when the police officer completely ignored him after violating the law. But the biggest example is Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who live without hope and regret because all they care about is money, being wealthy and at the top of the social class. Nick describes the Buchanan's as careless people. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back to their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made…” (Fitzgerald 179)
A Corrupted Society In the 1920s, the American territory is transformed by a new dream that touches its population. The American Dream, which is in brief to achieve a perfect life and having everything you want, causes in part decadence, excess, and disillusionment. Being wealthy is certainly one of the main accomplishments that characterized the American society. Through his characters, the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald reveals the consequences of this dream on the population. The immorality of the characters of Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan is due to the corrupted values popularized by the American Dream.
In hopes of rebuilding America, the capitalists’ hunger for wealth only widened the gap between the rich and poor. During the 1800’s, business leaders who built their affluence by stealing and bribing public officials to propose laws in their favor were known as “robber barons”. J.P. Morgan, a banker, financed the restructuring of railroads, insurance companies, and banks. In addition, Andrew Carnegie, the steel king, disliked monopolistic trusts. Nonetheless, ruthlessly destroying the businesses and lives of many people merely for personal profit; Carnegie attained a level of dominance and wealth never before seen in American history, but was only able to obtain this through acts that were dishonest and oftentimes, illicit.