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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 Gatsby indicate. They ***** celebrating ***** 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 of East ***** West Egg. Continually throughout the *****, Fitzgerald portrays them as *****, uncaring, selfish, and incapable of real fri*****ships and relationships. They are mostly interested in themselves and ***** insatiable appetite for excess.

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

***** these the ***** ***** the entire American culture at the time? Of course not. Young, rich, ***** successful people seemed to typify these values, and it was partly their reaction to ***** War ***** that created this age of *****. ***** young people had seen and outlived a terrible w*****r. Afterward, the country became extremely successful. Some of *****se young people ***** seen the very w*****st ***** life, ***** now they were ready to throw off the memories to experience the very best of life. They ***** excessive because they knew life ***** end in an inst*****t, and yet, in a paradox, ***** did not care. Fitzgerald portrays them as out ***** control in their lives. They speed through life, hop*****g to ***** every minute of it, ***** 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 with their own views of life, with their own m*****y, and ***** their ***** social status. That they mix with ***** ***** his "new money" friends at all is amazing, but it ***** clear they keep them ***** arm's length, and never blur the lines between E*****t Egg and West Egg. They may go "slumming," ***** ***** never return the favor. These *****


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