The Great Gatsby Research Paper - The Roaring 20u2019s and...

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The Roaring 20’s and The Great Gatsby Lucy Griffith June 13, 2018 Essay #12 The Roaring 20’s are a well known period of change. The era introduced many new
Griffith 1 social and societal norms that changed many things about Western culture. Well known parts of the Roaring 20’s include the introduction to flappers, a term that comes from Europe and meant a liberated young woman, a hedonistic culture, and the invention of the Ford Model T. The 1920’s are also known by some to be the time that The Great Gatsby was published and the time period in which it was set. The Great Gatsby is a novel written from the perspective of Nick Carraway about his friend Jay Gatsby and his lifelong goal of winning back the woman who left him 5 years prior to when the story is set due to his little wealth at the time. The story reflects many themes of the 1920’s such as grand parties and wild personalities. The Roaring 20’s, the time in which The Great Gatsby was set, was an invaluable era in history, creating a gateway to a much more progressive world seen today with its changing social and political climate. In the 1920’s Americans were seeing a significant change in their once conservative lifestyle. The decade started off with a very important event in history, women were granted the right to vote. This created a theme for the era of women defying previously made gender roles and social norms. The 20’s introduced what is called a flapper. Flappers were women who disregarded conventional female behavior. They often smoked in public, wore short skirts, and listened to jazz music among other things. Flapper women were also known for their sexually free nature that was often shocking to the older generation that had grown up in the much more traditional Victorian times. Before the Roaring 20’s, women were expected to follow the social rules of the time in which a woman’s role was primarily a wife, mother, and housekeeper. This gender role is prevalent in books of the time such as The Awakening and The Scarlet Letter , both of which have a woman as the main character who is disliked by those around her for stepping away from the traditional. One famous example of a flapper during the time was Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of The Great Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was known to seek
Griffith 2 publicity and party recklessly and her “hedonistic escapades scandalized her family” (History.com Staff). Aside from the drastic change in gender roles, the Roaring 20’s changed Western culture in many other ways. Many Americans had disposable incomes which were spent on their new lavish lifestyles. Cars were now commonly owned as a result of the low prices of the Ford Model T. Many were buying new home appliances such as electric refrigerators and radios, “The first commercial radio station in the U.S., Pittsburgh’s KDKA, hit the airwaves in

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