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The Immorally rich people of the 1920s

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The Immorally Rich People of the 1920's In the English dictionary, the words "immoral" and "rich" are not synonyms of one other; but in the 1920's, they unofficially were. As depicted in Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" and proven by the history of the USA, the wealthy and powerful people of the 1920's had little or no moral values at all. In the novel "The Great Gatsby", every single character that is rich, is also either very immoral or simply doesn't care. In perfect accordance to "The Great Gatsby", many of the wealthy people in the 1920's, including the three infamous Americans ,Al Capone, Texas Guinan, and Albert Fall, were also very immoral and notorious for their illegal activities. Though their immorality ranged from bootlegging and cheating to downright murder, the rich and powerful people of "The Great Gatsby" and the 1920's were generally a very corrupt and shameless class of society who hid behind their vast fortunes of money whenever the going got tough. The most explicit example of an immorally rich person in the 1920's, is the most infamous gangster in the world: Al Capone. ...read more.


However, not all the corruption and lack of conscience among the wealthy during the 1920's was as blatant as Capone's and the Buchanans'. Texas Guinan, the notorious "Queen of the Underworld" during the 1920's, had never killed anyone. But just because a person hasn't taken another human life certainly does not mean that he/she is a saint. Texas Guinan's immorality was much more subtle, for she was loved by the newspapers and the general public, often said to be a very charming, witty, and intelligent lady. But nevertheless, Texas Guinan was still a criminal, having made her fortune through bootlegging, maintained through mobster connections and support. When the police would come down hard on Texas' nightclubs/speakeasies and arrest her, Texas merely paid the hefty bails through her vast amounts of money, and went back to managing her many nightclubs. This subtle type of immorality is described several times in "The Great Gatsby", most notably, of Jordan Baker's little scandal in a big golf tournament. In the quote (p.62) "The thing approached the proportions of a scandal -then died away. ...read more.


This quote, by Jay Gatsby, implies to the reader that the police commissioner was involved in some sort of illegal business, since Gatsby's one and only profession was completely illegal. Thus, the rich and powerful characters of Jay Gatsby and the city's police commissioner are both immoral and dishonest characters involved in illegal business, proving that immorality existed among all ranks of the rich and powerful people, regardless of whether or not they were bootleggers, or city police commissioners. Both the police commissioner and the US politician Albert Fall were very rich and influential men, and the consequences of their immorality in the 1920's, were very small. The 1920's was a time of very little moral values, with the rich and powerful people being the most prime examples of this immorality. In the novel "The Great Gatsby", one main theme and focus of the novel is upon the lack of moral values openly displayed by wealthy people, who are able to fortify themselves from accusations of immorality with their endless amounts of cash. The three infamous American persons of Al Capone, Texas Guinan, and Albert Fall, are perfect examples of the Fitzgerald's theme of immorality among the rich and powerful in the 1920's. ...read more.

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