And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter III) on Rap Genius

Meaning

The period that Gatsby was situated was the Prohibition Era, which was a time when the government tried to improve people’s morality. There was a ban on alcohols as the Congressmen believed alcohol was the fundamental reason for crimes. Therefore, after extravagant parties were held every weekend nights, Gatsby would have all his servants, even his extra gardener, to recover his place as quick as possible. It was to prevent the government’s regulation. Perhaps the Prohibition was the reason why people loved to go to Gatsby’s party. Firstly, people needed not to pay for illegal alcoholic beverages when there were unlimited wines that are free of charge. Secondly, their participation showed their rejections on the hypocrisy of Prohibition. The government was trying to purify its citizens, but ended up they became more corrupted reversely.

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