Great Gatsby Analysis

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Great Gatsby

The 1920s is the decade in American history known as the "roaring twenties." Scott
Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby is a reflection of life in the 1920s. Booming parties,
prominence, fresh fashion trends, and the excess of alcohol are all aspects of life in the
"roaring twenties."

The booming parties in Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby reflect life in America during
the 1920s. Gatsby displays his prominent fortune by throwing grand parties. From next
door, Nick Carraway witnesses the scene of Gatsby's fabulous summer parties:

There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens
men and women came and went like moths among the whisperings of champagne and the
stars…On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the
city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon
scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all the trains (Fitzgerald 43).

Gatsby's house illuminates, the jazz music blares for the entire town to hear, the bubbly
is served, and the guests dance until one A.M. The parties are "roaring." Gatsby's parties
display the way Americans socialized and the lifestyle they lived during the 1920s when
"Americans danced to the decades joyous music at a frantic and accelerating
pace…Americans began to improvise leisure time activities that had no purpose other than
having fun. People roared through the decade intent on enjoying every exciting moment of
it…"(Nash 370). Life in the twenties consisted of fun, fun, and fun. Americans partied
like there was no tomorrow. Gatsby's parties reflect the way society partied in the 1920s.
Americans threw expensive never-ending galas. One result from the grand parties and riches
was the gain in fame.

Prominence in The Great Gatsby is imperative for life in Long Island and also reflects
1920s America. Gatsby throws magnificent parties, boasts about his car, and flaunts his
costly materials. Gatsby's materials and riches result in his vast popularity. During one
of Gatsby's parties, Nick becomes intrigued when he overhears a group gossiping about
Gatsby. The gossip "was a testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there
were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper
about in this world"(Fitzgerald 48). Gatsby's fortune and parties cause great speculation
and gossip all over Long Island. The "talk" is based on his materials. The materialistic
nature during the twenties was everywhere. Some Americans embraced it and some attacked
it. For President Calvin Coolidge and his followers it was embraced: "Sharing so visibly
in the wealth of society, more and more Americans came to feel that the booming Coolidge
economy was working for them"(Nash 379). The wealthy nation satisfied materialistic
Americans and Coolidge became a prominent leader. For American writers, materialism was
attacked and "they questioned the society that placed more importance on money and
material goods…"(Nash 390). Leading to their fame in literature, the writers who were
concerned with American materialism moved to Europe. Materialism lead to prominence in
1920s America just as it did in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby's prominence is an aspect of how
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