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Puerto 1 How Prohibition and Crime Is Mirrored in The Great Gatsby The purpose of this paper is to analyze how F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby offers a view into the Roaring Twenties Fitzgerald relates prohibition and crime into his book due to the time period in which the book took place Prohibition and crime were combined in this time period because of rebellion Fitzgerald stresses the need for hope and dreams to give meaning and purpose to mans efforts The Great Gatsby is about what happened to the American Dream during the 1920s an era when the dream had been corrupted by the relentless pursuit of wealth In this book the pursuit of the American Dream and the pursuit of a romantic dream are the ultimate causes of the downfall of the books main character Jay Gatsby The American Dream is based on the idea that any person no matter what they are can become successful in life by his or her hard work The beginning of prohibition took place in the twenties the Roaring Twenties It was a major turning point in American history In 1920 the eighteenth amendment was made that very night every saloon was closed down Prohibition is an awful flop We like it It cant stop what its meant to stop We like it Its left a trail of graft and slime it doesnt prohibit worth a dime its filled our land with vice and crime Nevertheless were for it Franklin P Adams Bootleggers trafficked alcohol into the United States from Canada Mexico and the West Indies and sold it to many people These criminals also opened some places where they could sell their beverages at very high prices These places were called speakeasies and they were found mostly in the Puerto 2 attics and highest floors of various hotels There all kinds of people gathered from criminals to corrupted chiefs of police and mayors
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