"The Great Gatsby"

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It was a decade of prosperity, artistic innovation, and a heady time for social and political change. The economy flourished with the help of new technologies, and many Americans were earning higher wages. Though the Roaring Twenties seemed to be a time of celebration, but because of the decline in moral values, it was also considered as a time of social decay. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exemplified the debauched society of the 1920s by utilizing the behaviors depicted by the indifferent Daisy, which included remaining married to her husband for superficial reasons, driving away after she ran someone over with a car, and showing no grief when her so called "lover" was shot because of her. Daisy's selfish and materialistic ways demonstrated that people from the 1920s were willing to do anything to achieve what was desired, regardless of the cost of their behavior. Daisy's behavior described in the novel can still be seen today as people become morally corrupt based on selfish reasons.

In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Daisy's willingness to stay in her marriage with Tom Buchanan, despite the fact that she did not love him, portrayed her hunger for money, ease, and material luxury; as for the time period, being materialistic was a key characteristic of the 1920s. When Daisy was still a young woman living in Louisville, Kentucky, she fell in love with Jay Gatsby, a military officer who was about to go off to war. Before Gatsby left, Daisy promised to wait for his return. However, when a wealthy, powerful young man named Tom Buchanan asked her to marry him, Daisy broke her promise and married Tom. "'She never loved you, do you hear?' he cried. 'She only married you because I was poor and she was tired...