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THE GREAT GATSBY AND THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM The book The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald was an icon of its time The book discusses topics that were important controversial and interesting back in 1920s America The novel is an exploration of the American Dream as it exists in a corrupt period of history The main themes in the book are the decay of morals and values and the frustration of a modern society The Great Gatsby describes the decay of the American Dream and the want for money and materialism This novel also describes the gap between the rich and the poor Gatsby and the Wilsons West Egg and the Valley of the Ashes by comparing the differences between the Western United States traditional western culture and the Eastern United States money obsessed values On a smaller scale this could be seen as the difference between the West Egg the new money and the East egg the old money The 1920s were a time of corruption and the degradation of moral values for the United States and many other countries World War One had just ended and people were reveling in the materialism that came with the end of it new mass produced commodities such as motor cars and radios were filling peoples driveways and houses money was more accessible before the Great Depression Cars were becoming a social symbol in the 1920s as we can see with Gatsbys five cars one of which he gives to Nick and one of which kills Myrtle Wilson later on in the novel Herbert Hoover an American President said in 1925 We will root out poverty and put two cars in every garage The parties that Gatsby held every week in the summer were a symbol of the carelessness of the time Gatsby would hide in the house while the guests most of whom were not even invited would party eat and
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