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The Impact of Sociocultural Changes on the Youth’s Achievement Orientation in Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned

Author(s): S. Itafarida

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 143;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: younger generation | self-restraint | hedonism | penalty

This essay is an attempt to show Fitzgerald's concern over the fate of the younger generation of the Twenties. Through Anthony's damnation in The Beautiful and Damned he tries to warn the younger generation against the danger of their hedonistic life. The values of hard work, investment, and self-restraint which used to be cherished no longer attract the youth's attention. On the contrary, they actualize their new-acquired freedom in parties, in drinking bootleg liquor, in their dancing mania, accompanied by the new rhythm of jazz music symbolizing their freedom.
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