Page 1 of 3

Roaring Twenties and the Great Gatsby

Continues for 2 more pages »
Read full document

Roaring Twenties and the Great Gatsby

  • By
  • May 8, 2007
  • 977 Words
  • 5 Views
Page 1 of 3
The 1920fs in America, known as the eRoaring Twentiesf, was a time of celebration after a devastating war. It was a period of time in America characterised by prosperity and optimism. There was a general feeling of discontinuity associated with modernity and a break with traditions.

New technologies, like automobiles (left), movies and radios, spread the idea of modernity to a large part of the population. There were also new ideas and theories that clashed with old traditions or religion.

In 1925, a teacher named John T Scopes was arrested for teaching the Theory of Evolution as this contradicted religion and their beliefs that God created the world.

The 1920fs was a time of great economic prosperity and many people became rich and wealthy. Some people inherited eold moneyf and some obtained enew moneyf. However, there was the other side of prosperity and many people also suffered the nightmare of being poor. In the novel eThe Great Gatsbyf, Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a wealthy character who lives in a mansion. However, Nick Carraway, the protagonist of the novel and next door neighbour of Jay Gatsby, is an average man who does not have the fortunes that Gatsby has. He is gtoo poorh. Nick Carraway is part of the middle class in society while Gatsby is in the upper class of society.

Along with large sums of money, whether old or new, came lots spending, amusement, fun, pleasure and big, fancy and elaborate parties.

In the 1920fs, because of the separation of the rich and the poor, there were separate social classes and with that came conflict between the classes. The upper class developed the eElite American Culturef which gave them the view that they were superior to the others around them. They also developed a bad view of lower class people as they did not mix with them.

The upper class represented themselves with rich, opulent and luxurious surroundings. They had large mansions, fast cars and modern technology which...