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The Great Gatsby
It is a novel written by Mr. Fitzgeral which illustrates about the situation in 1920. The American economy soared and they enjoyed the prosperity: They lived in glamour, love partying and drinking alcohol followed by jazz music, Jazz Age. At the same time, there was a prohibition on the sale and manufacture of alcohol which led to an increase in crimes-lack of morality and materialism dominated the society in that era.
If there is any additional information I need to know, would you please add. If it is wrong, would you please correct.
What are the effects of this novel to American in the past? Did they idolize the Jazz Age?
Are they still seen in today's American modern society?
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Last edited by sio; 02-Jan-2009 at 17:57.
Often regarded as the novel of the ‘Roaring Twenties,’ The Great Gatsby explores the supposed decade-long extravagance of the age. Jay Gatsby remains the iconic fictional figure who embraced the affluence and urban culture of the time. But while the 1920s is often remembered as a time of freedom from traditions of society and a celebration of the new economy of mass consumption, Fitzgerald’s world ignored the other stark reality for a majority of the American population at the time. Over 40% of the population was struggling on rural farms dealing with poverty and indebtedness that led to a severe political backlash. The cocoon created by Fitzgerald for his characters offers a wealth of discussion about the societal mores and atmosphere of the era. Shmoop's literature study guide has several articles on The Great Gatsby, that might help you understand the background of the novel even better.