Modernism in the Great Gatsby

1190 WordsFeb 17, 20115 Pages
What is Modernism? This term was usually referred to as the literature era of the 1920’s. During the “Roaring Twenties”, as most would say, was the time of flappers, gangsters, and the beginning of some of the most renowned literature known to the United States. One of the famous books written in this time was The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. Included in the Modernism Era were the focus on trends and the extreme effect materialism makes on the society of the 1920’s. With the materials that one might own, it became their new way of life. In The Great Gatsby there are many signs of materialism and love for manufactured goods. Gatsby’s brilliant and luscious house was built just to impress the eyes of Daisy. This…show more content…
The Jazz Age was also a movement of youthful rebellion and futuristic expressive modernity in when the rich from East Egg would make their way to the parties at Gatsby’s mansion to indulge in the new hedonism of the time. If you were able to listen to the great music of the Jazz Age, then you were probably considered to be a rich person. This is the one of the main reasons why everyone would come to Gatsby’s parties. He would always have the greatest music playing around the house to set the luxurious mood to the rich people who came over from East Egg. Many techniques use by F. Scott Fitzgerald are ones using symbolism from the natural society. First, there was the green light that Gatsby was caught staring at one day. This green light was specifically situated at the end of Daisy’s East Egg dock and it was hardly visible from Gatsby’s West Egg lawn. It represents Gatsby’s asspirations and dreams for the future, including winning Daisy over again. Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in Chapter 1 he reaches toward it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal. Gatsby’s quest for Daisy is extensively associated with the American dream, which is to just have fun and not worry about anything and always be happy. Second, there is the Valley of Ashes. These were introduced in Chapter 2 by showing where George and Myrtle Wilson live. This Valley is in between West Egg and East Egg. It consists of a long stretch of desolate land created
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