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The Great Gatsby

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

Perhaps the worst part of ***** selfish lifestyle was ********** c*****lessness. Myrtle dies ***** 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 because they do not recognize there can be dire consequences to their c*****less actions. These ***** are also extremely ***** ***** hurtful to one a*****her. Daisy quickly runs to Gatsby when she f*****ds Tom is having an affair, and ***** flaunts his relationship ***** *****. These people seem incapable of fidelity or loyalty, and it hurts those around them, although that does not seem to enter into their thoughts.

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

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