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Disillusionment in the 1920s In the year 1925 F Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby one of the greatest American novels Based simply upon the effect of the jazz age Fitzgeralds novel is about the love of Jay Gatsby for Daisy Buchanan The narrator of the story is Daisys cousin Nick Other important characters include Daisys husband Tom Buchanan and his mistress Myrtle Wilson Jays love for Daisy leads to the novels climax which ends with his brutal murder Affairs between Jay and Daisy and Tom and Myrtle convey Fitzgeralds theme of disillusionment by uncovering the moral hollowness of the characters and causes the corruption inherent to the underbelly of high society to surface Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby focuses on the disillusionment of how moral hollowness can lead to lower things such as mans inhumanity to man causing the characters to loose control of their dreams The 1920s more so known as the Roaring Twenties was a fascinating era Rayburn A Decade of Giants The world was changing Entrepreneurs began mass production of the automobile Women started working smoking wearing their hair bobbed and their skirts up to their knees Rayburn A Decade of Giants Women like Fitzgeralds Daisy and Jordan began to assert their independence Even with all this excitement the Roaring Twenties was also filled with many problems There was the prohibition which outlawed drinking and caused all speak-easies to be pad locked but not all closed down Rayburn Real Deal The rich were still able to go breaking the law where the poor could barely get some Anti-immigration laws to keep all non-whites out were passed reinforcing racial segregation policies Rayburn Real Deal All of these things lead to the rise of the higher class and the secrets that characters like Gatsby and Tom kept hidden In the first chapter of The Great Gatsby Nick states what his father had said to him when he was a young man Whenever
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