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During the 1920s a new and modern era began with more leisure time and wealth With this ultimately laid-back lifestyle came a new wave of ignorance within society that caused corruption and greed In his book The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald touches on this subject and the harmful effect that it has on society as a whole which continues to be relevant even in todays world Hand in hand with the idea of antagonistic ignorance the author also proves that knowledge ends up benefitting the individual in addition to the community Within The Great Gatsby ignorance is often highlighted throughout the novel elaborating that the concept often encourages the downfall of society especially through materialism and that knowledge truly creates powerDespite the fact that Daisy expresses her positive view on ignorance throughout American society of the 1920s that is the setting of the novel ignorance often leads to egotistical materialism In a blatant example of the greediness that corrupts the 1920s society upon getting shown through Gatsbys house and seeing a pile of his shirts from England Daisy sobs Theyre such beautiful shirtsIt makes me sad because Ive never seen such--such beautiful shirts before Fitzgerald 92 Through including this completely irrelevant and unnecessary outburst from Daisy within the novel Fitzgerald points out and pokes fun at the intense materialism that developed out of the 1920s era and the fact that it stems from the ignorance the wealthy possessed regarding the legitimate problems that people within their community were facing as well as what was occurring on around them Through the random location of this selfish comment in the scene Fitzgerald illustrates the relationship between Daisys disregard of the world around her to her money-oriented views and comments Additionally even towards the beginning of the novel the author attempts to draw attention to the ignorance and resulting selfish and materialistic views of the upper class at the dinner with Tom Daisy Jordan and Nick During
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