Last year, I read one of the most dark yet pleasing books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was a required reading in my English class but within the first chapters, the book became a cordial interest for my year. Though my blog reveals the darker consequences of Prohibition, The Great Gatsby discusses how things occurred in a more bubbly fashion. It introduced expression, and a refreshing female based rebellion.
While reading Fitzgerald’s book, I was shown a dynamic side of the prohibition. It displayed the differences in class while showing the similarities in want and freedom. The rich still demanded the free will to alter their nights with the booze that they felt “they damn well deserved”, as the same with the poor. Even with discrimination at its prime, people still binded together and rich even visited less fortunate sides of towns to participate in the scandalous parties erupting on each class. It brought a level of equality but still strayed incredibly far from that exact ideal. Things were almost so forbidden they became a secret craving for everyone.
What got me so hypnotized in this reading was all the subtle informative cues. For example, there was a scene involving Tom Buchanan in a secret bar making conversation with what appeared was to be a businessman. This particular business man was quickly found out by the reader to be involved in some gambling and bootlegging. What this scene gave out was what the prohibition encouraged, the normality of crime all around us. I will always beam at the fact on how The Great Gatsby succeeded on displaying crime, violence, and guiltless joy in such a spectacular and vibrating energy.