F.Scott Fitzgerald is an American novelist and a short story writer. He is the author of the famous novel “ The Great Gatsby”, which is written in the 1920’s. The period of the 1920’s is well known as the roaring twenties due to lack of morales and the lowering of standards and expectations, people intended just to have a good time not caring about the outcomes of their and how they will effect their lives. Fitzgerald wants to prove in his novel the death of “The American Dream” it’s just a myth. The author of this novel shows the death of the american dream through the events surrounding Gatsby, and Daisy.
Cultural Studies Approach The short story “The Hand” shows the emotional ride of a new bride addressing the feelings of her new life and new husband. The initial approach of a first time reader may find this story confusing, as they sit inside the mind of the bride. Further breaking down the reading through a critical reading strategy allows the story to be viewed in a specific way, thus making it easier to understand. Looking at the short story “The Hand”, the characters desires, behaviors, and emotions can be analyzed through a cultural studies lens.
The 1920’s have long been remembered as the Roaring Twenties, were an age of massive economic growth and spontaneous new culture swept the nation. This new era lead to the rise of what is known as la Nouveau Riche or in other words The New Money. This term was used to portray people who gained large amounts of money without inheritance being involved. After World War I had ended in 1918, countless veteran soldiers began to return back to society. Most, if not many American citizens were soon after accompanied by disillusionment and confusion towards their lord and savior.
Fitzgerald used positive characteristics from his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, and negative characteristics from his first love, Ginevra King, as stimuli for the character of Daisy. His blend of the two women lead Daisy to be portrayed as a man’s ultimate downfall, much like Fitzgerald felt these two women were for him. Fitzgerald describes King as “the first girl I ever loved and I have faithfully avoided seeing her up to this moment to keep this illusion perfect” (Mangum). Fitzgerald’s wish to keep his fantasy in perfect condition correlates to Gatsby’s wish to immortalize Daisy in the goddess-like position his mind created for her. Fitzgerald shows similar emotions through the character of Gatsby when he says, “There must have been moments
There is poor and there is wealthy. There is beautiful and there is hideous. There is passive and there is assertive. In the book The Great Gatsby, wrote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is a variety of 1920’s women portrayed throughout the novel, showing various personality types and physical appearances that could have been seen at the time.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby develops an illustration of women and their position in society during this time period, based on the characters and events in the novel. As traditional Victorian values were left behind, the 1920s roared with a new era of freedom for women and their roles. Remarkable changes occurred for women in their appearance, jobs, politics, and social expectations. Women stood up, laws were enacted, and attitudes and views gradually changed. The 1920s brought a new found liberation for women that progressively changed their roles in society.
An author’s context can often infiltrate their writing and subsequently form a reflection of the society they conform to. F. Scott. Fitzgerald was a writer in the 1920’s who wrote the American novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, published in 1925. Fitzgerald’s context is embedded at the heart of the novel and mirrors many aspects of society. The American Dream is one often idealised but rarely fulfilled.
Relief from the trenches. Rebellion in the streets. The American Dream. And shorter skirts. The 1920s is an age of change where you chose to exchange the corsets and ankle-length dresses of a Victorian age for tassel skirts, pixie cuts, and scandalous smoking as newfound “dames” in society.
The 1920s is known for the jazz age also called the roaring twenties. In that time America was undergoing lots of changes economically, socially and culturally. One of the major changes that took place was in the fashion. Fitzgerald in his writing shows not only the fashion but also the clothes symbolizes other too. One of the symbols greatly used in the great Gatsby is the symbolization of clothes, how they represent different things at different times.
2.2. THE GREAT GATSBY Considered as Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby offers a similar point of view about women in the 1920s. In this novel, there are three remarkable female characters. The first of them is Daisy Buchanan, the leading female character.
Flappers in the 1920’s, were the party goers of the decade. When women were given the right to vote women thought if men can go out all night, drinking, partying and sleeping with whoever they wanted, women could too. The styles of their clothes and hair changed drastically from the early 1900’s to the 1920’s. The hair of the 1900’s was long locks of Victorian women, but when equal rights were allowed women cut their long hair into a Bobbs. The clothes of the 1900’s were long and elegant, touching the ground, but the same thing happened.
The American Dream is what most people strive for in life. Everyone wants to be successful and have no worries in the world. The problem is, actually achieving the American Dream. The Great Gatsby, written by F Scott Fitzgerald, shows how the character Gatsby is represented by the American Dream. Gatsby demonstrates the American Dream by being wealthy, having the determination, and the effort to fit into the lifestyle of the time period.
The Effect of Flappers on American Society and the Perception of Women It is no question that the women of modern American society differ greatly from the women of preceding generations. Until the passage of the 19th amendment, women were not considered equals by the standards of the United States government, and social controversy continued long after. A large contributor to the progression in the area of women’s equality was a group of liberated and notorious women known as Flappers. These women drifted from social norms regarding women in American Society. In the 1920’s United States, the controversial conduct and morality of flappers led to a new generation of independent women, who made significant advancements in women’s social and