I was thirty. Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade.

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

Meaning

While the book was published in 1925, the end of this chapter, beginning at this point, hints at a certain clairvoyance on Fitzgerald’s part. With the remark about turning thirty, Fitzgerald is commenting also on the forthcoming end of the Roaring 20s, and how the recklessness of the age must, at some point, come to a close and society, like Nick, must “grow up”. The new decade for America will prove to be “portentous” and “menacing” indeed.

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