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The Great Gatsby

Values 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 Gatsby associates with are shallow, materialistic, nihilistic, and disloyal. These people lived hard, played *****, and often died young, as Myrtle and Gatsby indicate. They were celebrating the end of World War I and a new beginning for Americ*****, when it was prosperous and excessive. These new young Americans frightened their elders because they danced risque dances like the Charleston, smoked, drank, and spent large amounts of cash as ***** ***** *****y could. There were increasingly interested in material possession, including the ostentatious mansions ***** East and West Egg. Continually throughout the *****, F*****zgerald portrays them as *****, uncaring, selfish, and incapable of real friendships ***** relationships. They are mostly ***** in themselves and ***** insatiable appetite for excess.

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

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


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