The 1920s was a period in which the American economy soared leading to financial stability among many Americans who had invested in the stock market. The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, added in 1919, banned the sale and consumption of alcohol. Bootleggers became millionaires by privately selling alcohol and massive amounts of partying added to the decline of the dream that once drove the Americans to succeed in life. Americans believed that anyone could succeed if they had skill and were willing to work hard. However, in the 1920s, because of the people who started gaining massive amounts of money on something that was legally and morally wrong, the American Dream almost disappeared. F. Scott Fitzgerald, an achieved novelist, became angry and wrote The Great Gatsby in order to show American what their nation had come to. Fitzgerald's attempt to depict the decline of the American Dream, in his novel The Great Gatsby, proved to be thoroughly significant to the commendable writing of the novel.
The Great Gatsby's narrator and only moral character, Nick Carraway, saw the illegitimacy of character in this new provincial society filled with materialistic views. In his summer spent in the east selling bonds, he met Jay Gatsby who was in love with the vacuous Daisy Buchanan. Daisy's search for fortune led her to marry the peremptory Tom Buchanan. Gatsby, who dreams of marrying Daisy, spent his whole life on a quest for riches by becoming a bootlegger. Once he became rich he went east to Long Island, New York and threw huge parties in order to lure Daisy from East Egg. The people who attended Gatsby's Saturday night parties were a very good representation of the greed in the 1920s. This strident group came to the parties for the alcohol, celebrities, dancing, and an overall great time. This was evident by the way in which Fitzgerald portrayed them. They obviously did not care who Gatsby was.