West Egg In The Great Gatsby

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Long Island, New York

North Shore, commonly referred to as Long Island, is the actual name of the setting in The Great Gatsby. The term “East Egg” refers to the North Shore village, Kings Point. The real name of the fictional area, “West Egg”, is Sands Point.

In the novel, the people stemming from "West Egg", are younger, wealthy people who hold the name "new money". In contrast, those from "East Egg", are older, and possess wealth from a family line, coining the term "old money". Overall, those who are "old money", or from "East Egg", are wealthier.

The Jazz Age

The term the "jazz age", was introduced personally by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s.

Jazz music and culture originated in New Orleans. What all in all
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It later became a source or revenue for the government.

A speakeasy was a place where unlawful groups would gather to act rambunctiously, drink and acquire alcohol illegally. The reason that it was referred to as a speakeasy was that the owners of these various establishments would request that their patrons would “speakeasy” about the gathering, as as not to alert law enforcement or other sources of punishment.

Fashion in the 20s

Men’s fashion consisted of the loss of constant formal attire, and the introduction of more casual wear. It even became acceptable for men to be seen in athletic wear. The most remarkable change was the evolution of women’s fashion- the introduction of the “flapper”. It became more acceptable for women to break free from former restrictions and shorten their hem, cut their hair and drink and smoke alongside their male counterparts. For a men’s higher end, three piece suit, the cost was around $40 in 1920. Accounting for inflation, the cost would be over $450. Likewise, a woman’s robe cost $3 in 1920, and would be around $30

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