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Historical context for Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

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  • The Great Gatsby Historical Context & Study Schedule
  • The 1920’s: Nicknames
    • The Roaring 20’s
    • The Jazz Age
    • The Flapper Era
    • The Aspirin Age
    • The Age of Wonderful Nonsense
    What do these nicknames suggest about the time period?
  • 1920’s Context
  • Post WWI
    • Physical & Spiritual Euphoria & Freedom
    • Disregard for Pre-War Values
    • Financial Freedom:
    • - Low interest / buying on credit
    • - Stock market growth
    • - Relative luxury for common people
  • Implications for the 1920’s
    • “ I can do anything” feeling (success-wise, morality-wise)
    • Resurgence of the “American Dream” that brought immigrants to America in the first place:
    “ If you put your mind to something and work hard, you can have whatever you want (money, success, fame) even if you start with nothing.”
  • Therefore, the 1920’s feel was:
    • Optimism
    • Freedom
    • Celebration
    • Positive feeling about the promises & potential of new life and new values
  • BUT…
    • Upon what were all of these great feelings actually founded?
  • Answer: nothing “real”
    • Death of family & friends in War
    • Fewer jobs as Wartime production over
    • Women competing for jobs
    • Things owned / bought with “virtual money” (stocks / credit & debt)
    • Morally bankrupt society; no solid values (carefree, silly, fun)
  • The American Dream…
    • … a misleading illusion:
  • The Great Gatsby: Geography
  • The Great Gatsby: Geography
  • Gatsby Reading Schedule
    • Gatsby Day 1: Chapters 1-3
    • Gatsby Day 2 : Chapters 4-5
    • Gatsby Day 3 : Chapters 6-7
    • Gatsby Day 4 : Chapters 8-9
    • Gatsby Day 5 : Gatsby Test & Film
  • Related Handouts
    • Gatsby Biography / Book Review
    • Gatsby Essay Topics
    • Getting into The Great Gatsby
    • Chapter Questions
  • Enjoy The Great Gatsby!