How the Depression Affected Literature Outline

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I. Roosevelt’s campaign speech
A. The speech first addresses one of the many issues that The great depression brought about 1. “ …waste in men and women, in human skill, character and life” 2. He isn’t just discussing the loss of money and jobs as the stereotype of the depression presents, but is going into depth about people as individuals which would appeal to the emotion of the people. (Roosevelt) 3. During The Depression, many people lost their jobs, their spouses, their houses, and many lost their lives as well but each individual had something to contribute to the society they all had skill, and character but employers and government officials had to view them as just another person because the condition of the society as whole was terrible.

B. The speech then goes on to highlight the positive aspects of the Depression 1. “We have lost, for example, that false sense of values that puts financial success above every other kind of achievement (Roosevelt) 2. Roosevelt is taking the positive aspects of The Depression and making them more distinct and celebrated to take away the main idea that The Depression was such a horrible thing. 3. Although the economy was terrible and many bad things happened, there were many positive things that came out, including the strength that people gained. If they could pull through The Depression as a family then they could get through anything.

II. The Great Gatsby
A. The carelessness of some lead to the misfortune of others 1. “I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” (Fitzgerald) 2....
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