The Great Gatsby's Influence On American Culture

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Part one: Nick Carraway is a young man from Minnesota who moves to New York to learn about the bond business. It is the summer of 1922 when he rent a home in Wrest Egg District on Long Island. The Wrest Egg District is an area populated by the newly rich people who have established social connections. Nick has a mysterious next door neighbor in this establishment named Jay Gatsby. Mr. Gatsby lives in a gigantic mansion and throws extravagant parties every weekend. Nick is unlike the others in Wrest Egg; he was educated at Yale and has connections in East Egg. East Egg in populated by inhabitants with not only wealth, but style too. One night Nick drives out to East Egg to have dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom and Nick’s old class mate from Yale. Nick is introduced to Jordan Baker, a beautiful, cynical young woman with whom…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, impacted American culture by opening the Jazz Age. It gave us insight of the rich and famous. Fitzgerald’s life experiences accurately characterized the Jazz Age. The novel was based on the roaring 20’s and would inspire other writers to do the same. Fitzgerald wrote his novels and short stories so that everyone could relate to his high class characters of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald attracted culture focus to glamour, advertising, consumer goods, and automobiles. The American culture was going through a makeover. Fitzgerald advertised the new criminal concept of bootlegging and also women publicly drinking and smoking; a taboo in past years. This shifted the morals of American society, such as embellishing Infidelity. His book highlights moral corruption and luxurious living styles. He expresses extreme materialism. Materialism is a theme that is spoken throughout the book and sold it to the people who read the book. The biggest example of materialism in the novel is the pursuit of money. He flaunts his wealth by his routine Saturday night

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