The Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby - The Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby The Jazz Age also known as the Roaring Twenties was a time in which Americans

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The Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby The Jazz Age, also known as the Roaring Twenties, was a time in which Americans adopted more modern beliefs. During the Jazz Age, there was a rise in drinking, partying, and wealth. In fact, the nation’s wealth nearly doubled during the 1920s, when the Jazz Age occurred. Even though the Prohibition started in 1920, there was definitely no shortage of alcohol, due to bootleggers who smuggled booze into the United States. Also, during this time, dancing became scandalous. The new dances that were emerging were far too fast-paced and physical for the time. Waltzing was considered to be one of the worst, because of the close body contact between the two dance partners. As far as partying, there were elegant soirees where men and women both would get dressed up with men in full suits and the women were often like “flappers”, who were women who bobbed their hair and wore short skirts and danced to jazz. Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, which takes place during the Roaring Twenties, he accurately reflects the decade in not only his characters but also the plot-line. In 1920, the 19th amendment passed. This gave the women of America the right to vote. Following this, women began exploring things they never had before. For example, once given the right to vote about 25% of women started working. While many remained your typical housewife, a decent amount became independent. In The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker is a perfect example of this. Jordan is a professional golfer with a very outgoing attitude. Jordan is not your typical housewife. She does not cook, clean,

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