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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a historical novel set in the roaring twenties, just after the first world war. In the times of the roaring twenties with the passing of the nineteenth adjustment in 1920, women felt even more liberated, and changed the style of life. Their skirts became shorter, hair was bobbed, and many people began to smoke. During this time, American cities grew large, the reason of this growing population was immigrants. The newer generation, on the other hand, manifested their time by a different way of dress, in listening to jazz and creating new manias such as the Charleston. In the book, many of the characteristics of the twenties are portrayed, such as the elaborate parties Gatsby hosts.

The Great Gatsby is written as a narrative, where Nick, the narrator, describes as fairly as he can the events which are happening. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses imagery and allusions to draw the reader deeper into the story.

The order of events is relatively chronological throughout the book. It gives some basic flashbacks of Gatsby’s memory, such as the time he was with Daisy in her car when she was younger before he went to war. These memories we read about are set to provide us with background information on Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship before the time the book was being written. Fitzgerald’s main idea in the Great Gatsby is an idea that God has abandoned the society, allowing people to act out of the norm.

The 1920s proved the most influential decade for Fitzgerald.The Great Gatsby, considered his masterpiece, was published in 1925. Fitzgerald made several excursions to Europe, notably Paris and the French Riviera, having encorperated some of his experiences into The Great Gatsby. He was able to experience the roaring twenties, while sitting back and viewing them judgementally. One of the consistent themes of The Great Gatsby is the blind eyes that watch over the world of the novel are those of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg on an old billboard in the valley of ashes. Throughout the story,



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