People flocked to his parties because they were not only lavish, but flowing with free liquor. Nick also mentions that in one section that he is drunk for the first time in years, likely because he didn’t have easy access to liquor. Those are just some of the surface things. One could make a case that the whole attitude of the book was influenced by the Prohibition. The citizens seem free to do whatever they want, in that they throw ridiculous parties and throw many fits and tantrums that can turn violent.
During the roaring twenties it was all jazz, parties and wealth. It was a good time to be alive. However “The Great Gatsby” made it just more than that, the story comes to life as you read it and it's like you are surrounded by that culture, well once again, would have been surrounded by that culture because now it is banned and students are not allowed access to it in their
Speakeasies were businesses that sold illegal liquor. The gang leaders opened nightclubs with the best bands, talented dancers and lots of illegal alcohol. The name ‘speakeasy’ originated from the fact that people had to ‘keep it on the low down’ when talking about these illegal pubs yet the people who attended these speakeasies were not shy to be seen there. They were sometimes raided by police and the owners and people who attended were arrested, but speakeasies were so profitable that they continued to thrive. Due to the implementation of prohibition, some speakeasies ensured that the people drank illegal liquor from tea cups, in the event of a police raid.
Before, it was Ill who had bought justice by “With a pint of brandy, with a pint of brandy.” Ill had bought the pairs on the sake of Claire’s happiness, life, occupation, status, and their child. As a result, Claire “Became a prostitute.” But eventually, Claire’s life prospered after she married a millionaire. As mentioned in above paragraph, Claire forthrightly explained her desire for justice by bribing the people of the city. As a consequence, Ill loses his life. “Ill walks slowly into lane of silent men.
The differences were that West Side Story was a musical at unexpected times they would start singing, they were also into dancing and one and a while they would have a dance fight instead of fist fights. Also, I believed that West Side Story was based off a love story and gangs. Meanwhile, The Outsiders was not a musical, they would not sing nor dance and there were no love stories, it was based off friendship and family problems. In addition to that, West Side Story was related to racism because the police would always take the word of the 'Caucasian gang,' also known as 'the Jets,' more often than the 'Hispanic gang,' also known as 'the Sharks'. While the Outsiders was more related to gang violence and the newspaper writers would always feature the rich gang, also known as 'the Socials' more often than the poor gang, also known as 'the Greasers.'
Now even though this was the situation in the country, alcohol still did play a major role in the modernist versus traditionalist agenda since, bootlegged alcohol was still available mainly by means of crime lords and families such as the notorious, most wanted criminal of the 1920’s, Al Capone. Modernists saw alcohol as an element that provided personal freedom. This was a complete paradox of what the traditionalists believed: they said that alcohol caused crimes and broke apart families and that where there was no alcohol people were generally happier and healthier. Soon, many speakeasies spread throughout the country. “They were given their unique name for the need to whisper, or "speak easy," as patrons attempted to cross their illegal thresholds.
This is meaningful because it shows the isolation of the Jazz Age by painting a lavish picture even though dark things were happening such as Tom's affair and the eventual murder of Gatsby by George Wilson. This shows that the Jazz Age was similar to a “gilded-age” where everything was golden on top, but not quite so below the surface, as these parties were used as a means to attract Daisy, which will cause future conflicts in the book. Opposers to this argument will say that the wild spirit of the book including Gatsby's parties does not show that isolation of the Jazz Age, because if a lot of people were going to Gatsby’s parties and participating in his events, it must mean that everyone was experiencing the money of the Jazz Age or had a sense of happiness and no worries. But in reality, it was not like that. Elaborating more on the “gilded-age” comparison; even though it looked like all fun and games there was a darker meaning behind everything.
After the release of “The Flapper” the character, Ginger and her mysterious behavior became a hit and thus the age of the flapper was born. Movie star and fashion icons who became committed to this way of life started popping up everywhere. A short time before the twenties Zelda Fitzgerald was seen as an “It” girl. She was from a town in Alabama, her father was part of the supreme court and her family was well known. That being said she would often find ways to push people's buttons, whether that being wearing a tight nude bathing suit just to trick people into thinking she swam naked or just generally be unconventional.
We slow down Taking a white card from his wallet , he waved it before the man’s eyes “right you are,” agreed the policeman ,tipping his cap “know you next time, Mr.Gatsby. Excuse me!” (Fitzgerald). This proves the reckless and selfish behavior of the nineteen- the twenties.The characters would try anything to get fame,money or power. Similar to the film once Roxie was in jail she gain lots of fame by giving false information to the reporters and the court.This made Roxie Hart famous and she tried everything to keep the attention and lights on her. (“Razzle Dazzle”).
“There were different types of speakeasies in most major cities that varied in quality, size, and the types of people that visited them ” (Alchin) and ranged from being a good place for people to relax, socialized, and of course drink in relative safety (that is unless the police come busting down the door), to poor run down rooms that could kill you for drinking poisoned alcohol or worse. Within a good speakeasy there were jazz players and even dancers to entertain visitors. Inside they would serve cocktails which are mixtures to mask the taste of the alcohol at the time as some was quite poorly distilled. They were so popular that some places even had celebrities come in. Now of course the alcohol had to come from somewhere as buying, selling, and producing alcohol was illegal.
America experienced a sudden disregard of Victorian values following World War I, causing the generation of the 1920s to dramatically contrast the previous. This severe degree of change produced three major manifestations of the contradictions in the twenties. There were massive conflicts to the Jazz Age, technological advancements, and Black Migration. The contradictions of the 1920s reflect America’s conflicted state between advancement and convention, as the cultural and technological developments of the era coincide with the inability of individuals to stray from traditional norms and racist attitudes. The Jazz Age was influential era of music, dance, flappers, and wild partying that forever changed America’s culture and normalcy for women.