Research Proposal from the Modern American Literature
Prepared by: Yousef Atif Arif Barahmeh. Jordan
The Thesis Topic: Zelda Fitzgerald as the First American Flapper in the Jazz Age Introduction:
Zelda Anthony Dickinson Sayre (1900 – 1948) is considered the first American flapper during the Jazz Age. It is an era that she and her husband , Scott Fitzgerald, did a lot to define. She, as a wife of a famous American writer, lived her entire life under his shadow. Being the last child of her family gave her a privilege to act freely and without being blamed by her parents. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the first American Flapper". Her early life in Alabama, a southern American state, indicated that she would be a great girl; changing the role of the traditional woman could do under man's supervision. Actually, she had a knack of drawing attention to her. She enjoyed outdoor activities. She drank, smoke and spent time alone with children. A piece by Zelda Fitzgerald, "Eulogy on the Flapper", was published in Metropolitan Magazine. Zelda described the Flapper:
The Flapper awoke from her lethargy of sub-deb-ism, bobbed her hair, put on her choicest pair of earrings and a great deal of audacity and rouge and went into the battle. She flirted because it was fun to flirt and wore a one-piece bathing suit because she had a good figure ... she was conscious that the things she did were the things she had always wanted to do. Mothers disapproved of their sons taking the Flapper to dances, to teas, to swim and most of all to heart. Later as a mother, she showed no interest in housekeeping. They employed a nurse for their only daughter. When they moved to Paris, she asked for divorce while she was having an affair with a French aviator. She enrolled in a Ballet lessons in which Scott saw it as a waste of time. They used their life as a source of inspiring ideas in their works showing their failure marriage. This paper is going to...
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