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Discuss how Fitzgerald's short stories depict the social conditions of the 1920's? Discuss how Fitzgerald's short stories depict the social conditions of the 1920's?

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It's "Winter Dreams" that floats into my mind when I think of your question.  (Not that we couldn't use ANY of Fitzgerald's short stories, mind you.  They kind of blend together to me, showing the sameness of the people in the 1920s.)  Here we have the usual social conditions the exact same as they are presented in The Great Gatsby, ... the short stories are no different:  old money, new money, middle class, poor.  Judy Jones is old money and knows it (similar to Daisy).  Dexter is kind of a mixture of middle class & new money, and knows that there has to be a fight to the top (a tiny similarity to Gatsby and Nick).  Money is paramount in 1920s society, ... even more than social rebellion!  The lives of the rich are frivolous, ... they lack all meaning, ... they wallow in their own money with no true purpose.  Poor Gatsby, poor Dexter, poor Charlie, ... heck, poor Fitzgerald.

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The amorality of the 1920s is depicted in the hedonistic behavior of Charlies Wales and his friends in "

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