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Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920s is the decade in American history known as the “roaring twenties.” Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is a reflection of life in the 1920s. Booming parties, prominence, fresh fashion trends, and the excess of alcohol are all aspects of life in the “roaring twenties.”

The booming parties in Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby reflect life in America during the 1920s. Gatsby displays his prominent fortune by throwing grand parties. From next door, Nick Carraway witnesses the scene of Gatsby’s fabulous summer parties:
There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and women came and went like moths among the whisperings of champagne
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The materialistic nature during the twenties was everywhere. Some Americans embraced it and some attacked it. For President Calvin Coolidge and his followers it was embraced: “Sharing so visibly in the wealth of society, more and more Americans came to feel that the booming Coolidge economy was working for them”(Nash 379). The wealthy nation satisfied materialistic Americans and Coolidge became a prominent leader. For American writers, materialism was attacked and “they questioned the society that placed more importance on money and material goods…”(Nash 390). Leading to their fame in literature, the writers who were concerned with American materialism moved to Europe. Materialism lead to prominence in 1920s America just as it did in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s prominence is an aspect of how Americans used materialism in the 1920s. One way materialism is shown is through fashion.

The fashionable clothing flaunted in The Great Gatsby is an example of life in the 1920s. Gatsby’s parties are used as a spacious “catwalk” for men and women to exhibit the latest and most expensive designer wear. At one of Gatsby’s parties, Lucille, a young female guest, chats with Jordan and Nick about an expensive new gown she received. She states, “When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked my name and address–inside of a week I got a package from Croirier’s with a new evening gown in it…It was gas blue with lavender beads. Two hundred and sixty five
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