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The Great Gatsby and Chicago

            The Roaring-twenties, characterized the 1920's in American cities such a New York and Chicago, the setting for the novel, The Great Gatsby and the movie, Chicago. This period in American History is also called the Jazz age, it was a revolution, women started to gain equality in the eyes of men, the culture exploded with celebrities and music and economic growth. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, was going through a rough time when he wrote this book, which reflects who the corruption can taint your soul and beliefs and how you deal with certain facts of life. In his book, Nick Carraway is the narrator but also implies that he is the author of the book. He is faced with luxurious wealth and extravagant lifestyles, he believes himself to be honest and true to himself, but when he meets Gatsby everything in his new world is questioned. In Chicago two murderesses are faced with the death sentence after killing their lovers, Roxie Hart gets a taste of a day in the life of a celebrity, while battling for fame, respect, and the view of the people. The Themes of the stories overlap, both of them pertain to False Purity, the American Dream, and Honesty. .
             In Gatsby's eyes, Daisy is practically an angel, he thinks she can do no wrong, which is ironic because when Gatsby is murdered she doesn't even call to check when the funeral is. You can also see this when Nick is with Jordan, at first he thinks that she is a wonderful person who would never do anything wrong. In Chicago you can see how Roxie plays with the jury's emotions and with the press, playing the innocent card, gaining their trust and sympathy. Amos believes that Roxie will come back to him, and is only fueled on by the lying of pregnancy and trying to get the jury to pronounce her innocent with the fact that she still "loves" her husband. Emotions run high with this theme. People are given false hope and are potentially harmed in the end.

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