Monday, March 14, 2011

World War I and The Roaring Twenties

Llucia discusses the significance of World War I and the subsequent Roaring Twenties in The Great Gatsby?

The Great Gatsby takes place after World War I, during the “Roaring Twenties”, a decade of prosperity and modernity.New York became the most important financial center in the world, and this makes Nick Caraway decide to moving there so he can learn “the bond business.” Moreover Nick finds his home town in the Middle West so dull after the war.

While living in the East, Nick meets Gatsby, and they become friends.

World War I is a crucial event in Gatsby and Daisy’s lives too. They meet before the war and they fall in love but Gatsby, who is very poor, has to go to fight in the war. Although Daisy loves him, she gets married to Tom Buchanan because her parents do not allow her to wait for Gatsby. When Gatsby comes back from the war, he meets a rich man and learns how to make money to impress Daisy with his fortune. But finally, they can’t be together.

If the war hadn’t existed, Nick wouldn’t have met Gatsby. What is more, Gatsby and Daisy might still be together.

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