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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What are the values and goals of the world described in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby?

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Fitzgerald uses his characters to paint a pristine image of life as a wealthy New-Yorker during the Roaring 20s. The values are very materialistic. The goals are to climb the social ladder, or if you can't, to latch onto someone who will. Fitzgerald almost ridicules this at times. He creates the image of Daisy weeping over the beauty of Gatsby's shirts, for example, in Chapter 5 : “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she...

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