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The 1920's in the Great Gatsby

Summary: The symbolism in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby reflects the lifestyle of upper class American society during the 1920s. Through this symbolism, Fitzgerald described what he saw as the fading away of the American dream, as social and moral values decay, individuals engage in an empty pursuit of pleasure and money, and carelessness and ultimately self-destruction ensue.
1920's in The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest literary documents of the "Jazz age." During the 1920's the economy brought prosperity to the nation, prohibition banned the sale and consumption of alcohol; making millionaires revel by going to speakeasies, which were secret clubs that sold alcohol. The chaos and violence of World War I left America in shock. The generation that fought in the war turned to wild and extravagant living. The values of the previous decade were lost in money and materialism. Fitzgerald, like Nick saw through the glitter of the "Jazz Age" the moral emptiness, carelessness and hypocrisy of upper class society. Fitzgerald expresses his sentiments about the "Jazz Age" through The Great Gatsby. He uses symbolism to portray the decayed social and moral values, carelessness and the empty pursuit of pleasure and...

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