Historical Context Of The Great Gatsby

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Jackie DeTorres Period 3 Ms. Lavallee AP English 3 12/6/17 Title: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Genre: Novel Subgenre: Historical Drama Historical Context: “The Great Gatsby,” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published in 1925 which was the height of the Roaring Twenties by Scribner’s, meaning everyone strived for changes and innovations to better their community in politics and social aspects. The economy became more demanding for innovative goods, causing the consumer society to prosper rapidly, doubling the growth. Most of Fitzgerald’s books were published within the Roaring Twenties and showed common themes of romance and tragedy such as “The Side of Paradise”, and “Flappers and Philosophers”, which drove more people into reading these romantic, yet bitter pieces. People went from living in frontier and backcountry areas to a more civilized and urban community. Although this was a time period of growth and prosperity within economics and new inventions and innovations, a dark side had cast its shadow upon this era as well. With the government passing the eighteenth Amendment in 1919, alcohol was no longer legal and was prohibited to sell or consume, causing society to grow chaotic and awaken a secretive population of bootleggers, flappers and gangs that secretly drank and sold alcohol to anyone who had an obsessive desire for it. The problem with having bootleggers is that they put a higher price on alcoholic beverages since it was illegal and
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