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Behind the Glamourous Image of the 1920's

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The 1920’s were known for its great economy, getting rich quick, fabulous parties, and flapper girls. However, things might not always be what they seem. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the reality behind the glamorous image of the 1920’s. He portrays this through the shallowness of party goers, lack of concern for the less fortunate, and selfishness. Fitzgerald shows the shallowness of people through the interaction of Gatsby’s party goers and Daisy’s relationship with her daughter. Nick describes Daisy interacting with her daughter, Pammy, only once throughout the whole book. “… a nurse leading a little girl came into the room…’Come to your own mother who loves you’” said Daisy as her daughter parted with the nurse to hug her mother (117). Daisy loves her daughter, but she doesn’t take on the full responsibility of a mother. A hired nurse is responsible for tending to most of Pammy’s needs. Daisy only briefly spends time with her daughter. Normal parties are social gatherings in honor of the host, however, Gatsby’s parties were slightly different. “People were not invited- they went there… Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all” (41). The party goers weren’t there for Gatsby or the other people who were there. They went with their own groups of people just to have fun and get free food and alcohol. Jordan displays this solitary attitude by stating “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy” (49). Those people were not interested in socializing with new people. They were only there for the enjoyment of themselves and the free party. Fitzgerald displays his opinion about the wealthy’s lack of concern for the less fortunate through Tom and Daisy’s actions toward Myrtle and Wilson and their opinion of status. Tom and Daisy are racist, and this racism is displayed through a…...

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