Behind the glamorous 1920s
The Great Gatsby, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, took place during the “Roaring Twenties”, which was an important milestone in the American history, for it marked the significant changes in the economy, art, culture, and society; nonetheless, there was a decline in social morality. The major characters in The Great Gatsby enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, in which they led wealthy and opulence lives; however, only a small percentage of Americans at that time were given those privileges. Needless to say that the 1920s was not only a prosperous time, but it was also a difficult transitional period for the majority of Americans. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to reveal the issues and hardship that existed and somehow criticized the new corrupting values came at that glamorous time.
In the 1920s the U.S. became the richest nation in the world, the economy soared, people started to drive cars to work and to go on vacation; yet, not all Americans benefited. Eventually, there was the separation, the growing gap, between the rich and the poor. The characters in The Great Gatsby appeared as the upper class people that represented wealth and luxurious lifestyle of the rich in society; especially Gatsby, the leading character in the novel, possessed a gigantic mansion that had a huge garden, a bar, and a high Gothic library filled with first edition books. In addition to his extravagant lifestyle, Gatsby frequently threw tremendous parties for the people that he never knew just merely to get the attention from Daisy, the girl he loved. “Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all…” In fact, not all Americans at that time could live such enjoyable life. For instance, at that time, farmers had to suffer from overproduction that made difficult for them to sell their produce, and for that reason they had to migrate to big cities to find jobs in factories, which led to the creation...