The Great Gatsby : Crime And Loss Of Innocence

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The characters such as Daisy, Jay, George and Myrtle, and the themes such as; crime and loss of innocence in The Great Gatsby reflect the troubles women faced during the 1920s. The twenties was a huge period of change. People all over the United States listened to the same music, wore the same clothes and used the same language. Although it caused a lot of conflict, it was a “roaring” time period. Money was definitely not an issue for the higher class, they bought things like electric refrigerator and radios. It was during the 1920s that radios became popular. Every fourth american had a radio in their home. The most important product that was huge during this time was the automobile. Prohibition had an enormous issue that led to the abuse of women and their rights.

The biggest symbol during the “roaring twenties” that stood out to me was the flapper. The flapper was a woman of young age with short skirts who drank, smoked, had unladylike qualities, and was known as “sexually free.” This was a huge symbol but as reality sees it, it was a stereotype. The women in the great gatsby followed the stereotype because they had similar qualities like a flapper. Many of the women who attended Jay Gatsby’s parties dressed like a flapper and acted like one. These women were the life of the party and were mentioned a lot throughout the book. Daisy presented herself as innocent and pure but her true self shows almost the exact opposite, she had qualities that were similar to a…

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