Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. That era, known for widespread economic prosperity, the development of jazz music, flapper culture, new technologies in communication motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music forging a genuine mass culture, and bootleggingalong with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses many of these societal developments of the s to build Gatsby's stories, from many of the simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book.
Chapter 2 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Great Gatsby, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations For instance, Nick says that though he scorns everything Gatsby stood for, he withholds judgment entirely regarding him.
Nick says Gatsby was a man of "gorgeous" personality and boundless hope. Nick views Gatsby as a victim, a man who fell prey to the "foul dust" that corrupted his dreams. Nick introduces Gatsby and connects him to both new money and the American Dream, and indicates that Gatsby was done in by the "foul dust" of the Roaring Twenties.
Active Themes In the summer ofNick, a Yale graduate, moves from his hometown in Minnesota, where his family has lived for three generations, to live and work in New York. He has recently returned from military service in World War I, an experience that left him feeling restless in the dull Midwest.
As a Yale graduate, Nick clearly comes from old money. His wealthy heritage has been closely tied to one place, but WW I and the s upset that old order. Active Themes Nick intends to become a bond salesman, a line of work he says that almost everyone he knew was entering.
Nick hopes to find a taste of the excitement and sense of possibility that was sweeping the nation in the early s. He says moving to New York offered him and everyone else the chance to discover or reinvent themselves. The s boom turns the American Dream on its head.
Instead of going west to build a fortune and a life, people in the 20s abandoned their roots to come east for the chance at fortune. Nick observes that the two communities differed greatly in every way but shape and size.
West Egg is where the "new rich" live, people who have made their fortunes only recently and have neither the social connections nor the cultural refinement to be accepted among the "old money" families of East Egg.
That "old money" Nick rents a house in "new money" West Egg shows he spans both worlds. Active Themes The West Egg "new rich" are characterized by garish displays of wealth that the old money families find distasteful.
The "old money" class considers this tacky, proof of their superiority to "new money. When Nick arrives, Tom is dressed in riding clothes. Tom speaks to Nick politely but condescendingly. Active Themes At dinner Nick meets Jordan Baker, a young professional golfer, who is beautiful but also seems constantly bored by her surroundings.
The book explains that the Nordic race, with which Tom identifies himself, created civilization and is now threatened by the rise of other, inferior races.
Tom urges everyone to read the book.
Daisy tries to make light of his suggestion. Old money is also hypocritical, hiding hatred and corruption behind a veneer of taste and manners. Active Themes Just then, Tom learns he has a phone call and leaves the room. The rest of dinner is awkward. As Nick is leaving, Daisy and Tom suggest he think about striking up a romance with Jordan.
While Tom shows off his house and family and manners, he has a mistress on the side.The Great Gatsby [F. Scott Fitzgerald] on ph-vs.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A true classic of twentieth-century literature, this edition has been updated by Fitzgerald scholar James L.W.
West III to include the author’s final revisions and features a note on the composition and text. Gatsby’s Death: A Question of Morals by Feross Aboukhadijeh, 11th grade In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s s era novel The Great Gatsby, the character George Wilson shoots the protagonist Jay Gatsby dead.
The Great Gatsby - Themes, characters an Copy of Mongolian Octopus This presentation looks at how to analyse a primary source using the 6 C's (Content, Citation, Context, Communication, Connections and Conclusions) in preparation of .
In chapter five, Gatsby opens two large cabinets in his room to show Nick and Daisy his shirts. These shirts are "piled like bricks in stacks a dozen high" before Gatsby . The Great Gatsby Analysis Literary Devices in The Great Gatsby.
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. Setting. Writing Style. Hold on to your hats, Shmoopsters, because once you ride the Fitzgerald train, there's no stopping.
People are cheating on each other all over the place in The Great Gatsby. Tom Buchanan, in addition to that incident. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products.