The year is 1922, the First World War had just ended four years prior and the nations of the world were different because of it. Many Americans were celebrating the success of involvement in the war and were on a high horse. Even though the United States had recently outlawed the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol, it was not hard to find if you had enough money. Bootleggers and rumrunners were going into business all over the US and getting very rich from it. The criminal underground flourished and mobs and gangs were expanding and becoming very successful and prominent members of society. The American Dream seems easier to achieve in this get-rich-quick America. The gap growing between the rich and poor was getting substantial and the Great Depression following this roaring decade will settle this growth. The setting in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is characterized by this world. The title character Jay Gatsby is a mysterious man that is suspected to have close ties to this criminal underground of bootleggers and is a rich and seemingly successful man because of it. We find out in the end that Gatsby’s money and amazing parties do little to acquire him real friends that care about him as a person.

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The main character in the story, Nick Carraway, lives on Long Island in New York in the area known as West Egg. West Egg is a place where “newly” wealthy people live, such as the bootleggers, mobsters, and others that have not inherited or achieved traditional wealth through the usual means. Gatsby also lives on West Egg and wants to eventually move to East Egg with all the traditionally wealthy people. Nick moves from the Midwest of the US to West Egg for the summer. He cannot afford to live on East Egg but his house on West Egg is ...

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