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The Great Gatsby

***** in 1920 America were changing rapidly from the Victorian attitudes that preceded *****m, and the novel "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald clearly epitomizes these changing values. In business ***** in pleasure, the people Gats***** associates with are shallow, materialistic, nihilistic, and disloyal. These people lived hard, played *****, and often died young, as Myrtle and ********** indicate. They ***** celebrating the end of World War I and a new beginning for Americ*****, when it was prosperous and excessive. These new young ********** frightened their elders because they danced risque dances like the Charleston, smoked, drank, and spent large amounts of cash as *****ten as they could. There were incre*****ingly interested in material possession, including the ostentatious mansions of East ***** West Egg. Continually throughout the *****, F*****zgerald portrays them as shallow, uncaring, selfish, and incapable ***** real fri*****ships ***** relationships. ***** are mostly ***** in themselves and ***** insatiable appetite for excess.

Perhaps the worst part of *****ir selfish lifestyle w***** their carelessness. ***** dies because of careless and reckless driving, and many of the other activities in the novel show the characters' lack ***** respect for those around **********. They are careless because they can be, ***** because they do not recognize there ***** be dire consequences to their careless actions. These ***** are also extremely ***** and hurtful to one a*****her. Daisy quickly runs to Gatsby when she finds Tom is having an affair, and ***** flaunts his relationship ***** Myrtle. These people seem incapable of fidelity or loyalty, and it hurts ***** around them, although that does not ***** to enter into their thoughts.

Were ***** the ***** ***** ***** entire American culture at the time? Of course not. Young, rich, and successful people seemed to typify *****se values, and it was ********** ***** reaction to World War I that created this age of *****. These young people had seen and outlived a terrible w*****r. Afterward, the country became extremely successful. Some of these ***** people ***** seen the very worst ***** life, ***** now *****y were ready to throw off the memories ***** experience the very best of life. They were excessive because they k***** life could end in an instant, and yet, in a paradox, they did not care. Fitzgerald ***** them as out of control in their lives. They speed through *****, hop*****g to ***** every minute of it, and yet they do not experience any of it when ***** are drunk or even worse, bored. These are shallow, spoiled people, many of whom do ***** have ***** work for a living. They ***** consumed w*****h their own views of life, with their ***** money, and ***** their own social status. That they mix with ***** ***** his "new money" fri*****s at all is amazing, but it ***** clear they keep them ***** arm's length, and never blur the lines between East ***** ***** West Egg. They may go "slumming," but ***** never return the favor. These values


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