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Examining the 1920s through The Great Gatsby Many aspects of the 1920s are clearly represented in the novel The Great Gatsby written by F Scott Fitzgerald Fitzgerald writes an exciting story of love violence and obsession but more importantly the story of America during the 1920s Part of everyday life in the 20s included excitement entertainment and crime but in the end these became the downfall of the American dream The Great Gatsby thoroughly represents the 1920s through crime social status and the destruction of the American dream The 1920s were a time when crime was a way life for some people and a way of escape for others a time when crime was seen as a valid way of making a living As for Meyer Wolfshiem an older man of whom Gatsby did business with crime was his job and he did it well In the novel while eating lunch Gatsby is asked who Wolfshiem is by Nick Carraway and Gatsby unbelievably replies hes a gambler Hes the man who fixed the 1919 World Series 78 If a man can commit crimes this huge then this must be a time period of extreme criminal acts According to Study World in their review of the setting of The Great Gatsby New York City is a symbol of what America has become a place where anything goes where money is made and bootleggers flourish and where the World Series can be fixed by a man like Meyer Wolfshiem 6 Crime played an enormous role in shaping the 1920s due to the large amount of it This was a time of corruption and greed that spawned accepted crime for many people in the 1920s and with this powerful crime wave came the ultimate loss the destruction of the American dream America has always been and always will be the land of freedom and a land where everyone has the right to pursue happiness the American dream
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