“the Jazz Age” and F. Scott Fitzgerald

1095 WordsJun 5, 20115 Pages
“The Jazz Age” and F. Scott Fitzgerald "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.” (“Fitzgerald: The Jazz Age” p. 3). As the 1920s began, the old, conservative ways of life began to disintegrate. A new era was just beginning. This era is called “The Jazz Age.” The Great Gatsby, a literary masterpiece written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the social historian of the 1920s, directly reflects the virtues, materialism, and revolutionary nature of this new “Jazz Age.” F. Scott Fitzgerald is known as the social historian of the time he himself nicknamed “The Jazz Age.” All of his novels take place in locations where Fitzgerald once lived. Fitzgerald lived and even married his…show more content…
Gatsby’s death can possibly be related to Tom’s affair with Myrtle. One cannot help but imagine that if the affair did not happened, Gatsby would have lived throughout the novel. Another barrier being broken in the 1920s was the gender barrier. Many females began to wear shorter dresses and sport short hair. In addition, women recently gained the right to vote, which held women higher in society now than even before. Also, it became acceptable for women to drink and smoke in public places such as speakeasies, where young rebellious souls ventured to indulge in their new way of life. In The Great Gatsby, Jordan is a model for this type of woman who lived with no worry for gender stereotypes. Jordan was portrayed as an edgy, care-free woman. In the novel, Fitzgerald mentions that she once cheated in order to win her first golf tournament. This new way of living for both males and females can be related to the increase of materialism among wealthy Americans in the 1920s. “There were so many good things. These eyes have been hallowed by watching a man order champagne for his two thousand guests, by listening while a woman ordered a whole staircase from the greatest sculptor in the world, by seeing a man tear up a good check for eight hundred thousand dollars.” (Fitzgerald: The Jazz Age p. 3). The 1920s were a time of excessive spending and extravagance. Materialism is probably one of the most
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