Honors English 11
30 April 2012
Topic Number 4
The Great Jazz Age
The representation of the Jazz Age in the novel The Great Gatsby is shown through the characters, their lifestyles, and society as a whole. Each of these clearly reflects the customs and course of this time period. The protagonist, Jay Gatsby, is the prime example of the Jazz Age image. Another example is the change in women’s behavior and dress. Lastly, the wealth and fortune that is displayed throughout society plays a key role in the composition of the Jazz Age.
The Jazz Age was literally when Jazz music really came into its own and became the defining music of the people. The music played an important role in everybody's lives and the level of playing at the time surpassed in quality any other period in history. The term Jazz Age encompasses the period of American history during the 1920's. Culture itself during this period was undergoing changes that would inspire authors like Fitzgerald to write novels such as the Great Gatsby. In fact, it was this time period that The Great Gatsby was solely based on. People were careless and confident, and the Gatsby parties only encouraged them to continue their flamboyant behavior during this time period. Jay Gatsby uses this to his advantage by displaying the newly adored music at his parties and bringing people together to enjoy the happy times of the era. “There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (Fitzgerald 39). Nick Carraway observes the gleaming parties and enjoyment of the guests throughout the night at his neighbor’s house. He thinks to himself what an extraordinary man this Gatsby must be but the magic does come from Gatsby. It arises from the magical time period and happiness of the roaring 20’s.
Women refused to give up the independence they...
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