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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 Gats***** associates with are shallow, materialistic, nihilistic, and disloyal. These people lived hard, played hard, 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 ***** Americans frightened their elders because they danced risque dances like the Charleston, smoked, drank, and spent large amounts of cash as ***** as they could. There were increasingly interested in material possession, including the ostentatious mansions of East and West Egg. Continually throughout the *****, Fitzgerald portrays them as *****, uncaring, selfish, ***** incapable ***** real friendships and relationships. ***** are mostly ***** in themselves and their insatiable appetite for excess.

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

***** these 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 I that created this age of excess. These young people had seen and outlived a terrible war. After*****d, the country *****came extremely successful. Some of *****se ***** people ***** seen the very w*****st ***** life, and now ***** ***** ready to throw off ***** memories ***** experience the very best of life. They were ***** because they k***** life ***** end in an instant, and yet, in a paradox, they did ***** care. F*****zgerald ***** them as out ***** control ***** their lives. ***** speed through life, hoping to ***** e***** minut***** of it, ***** yet they do not experience any ***** it when they are drunk or even worse, bored. These are shallow, spoiled people, many of whom do ***** have to work for a living. They are consumed ***** their own views of life, w*****h their own m*****y, and with their own social status. That ***** mix with Gatsby and 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," ***** they never return the favor. These *****


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