F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby

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Elly Hunter Mr. Kelly Honors American Literature 12 April 2016 “The Jazz Age” The iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, utilizes multiple songs throughout the story. “Fitzgerald’s wok has become automatically identified with an American decade: The Jazz Age (which he named) or the Roaring Twenties or The Boom.” (Fitzgerald, IX). The Twenties was a time full of exploration of alcohol and music and the move from small farms into large cities. “Since The Great Gatsby is the defining novel of the Twenties, which have become trivialized and vulgarized by people… it was necessary and useful to provide a corrective assessment of that era and Fitzgerald’s response to it” (XI). I personally believe Fitzgerald did just that. The development of Jay Gatsby’s character is all about rebirth and reinvigorating yourself; even if these developments are canards. Nonetheless, the tale of revival is a parallel belief echoed throughout the 1920s and the novel. The Roaring Twenties were a period “of possibilities and aspirations” (X) which is an influential theme in The Great Gatsby. “In ‘Echoes of the Jazz Age’ he wrote: ‘It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire’” (X). During a stage of such metamorphosis, one element survives Jay’s coherent love for Daisy. This American classic of romantic literature collaborates beautifully with a playlist of Jazz songs. Also, Fitzgerald regularly mentions songs in the book. F.
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