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The Great Gatsby

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Occurred between the years of
1910-1945

"The
greatest, gaudiest
spree in history."
-F Scott Fitzgerald
"The greatest, gaudiest spree in history."
Young people started to
rebel
against elders.
Flappers
started in clubs.
Era of
Gangsters.
The
Great Depression
and
WWI
changed the people's out look on life and government. Writing and literacy changed with it, creating text about individualism and imagism, focusing on "rendering concrete objects and free verse".
"
But to do for the world more than the world does for you--that is
Success
."
~Henry Ford
The
Model-T
was invented and sold during Modernism and Harlem Renaissance.
Earnest Hemingway
was an important author to the Modernest era
changing
traditional writing to stories without a certain beginning or ending, and the
theme
of a
hopeless
and meaningless life.
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of change for
African Americans
and their search for
equality
.

The Jazz Age
Jazz could be found almost

anywhere,
but it was in

Chicago

that jazz rapidly developed.
The

Cotton Club,

located in the neighborhood of Harlem, New York City, let African Americans
entertain,

but not socialize at their club.
Along with the rise of jazz,
theater

and

art
began to rise in

popularity

and influence the ideas of the people.

A
new style
of literature came with the Harlem Renaissance. African Americans like Alain Locke wrote influential pieces like "The New Negro". Works like these started to give African Americans a voice in society.

Anything
goes.
F Scott Fitzgerald
is considered the best author of the 1920's he wrote many books but by far his most famous is the
Great Gatsby.
He along with many authors of the time focused on the
theme
that even though everything may seem
grad
on the outside really it's
not as good
as it seems.
Author,
John Steinbeck
is known for his depiction and ability to
capture
the essence of the
Great Depression
through ordinary characters, in his writings, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice Men".
African Americans started using
"high art"
in their writing instead of their common use of
folk idioms
and
comic writing.

19th Amendment
passed- women
could
vote.




Langston Hughes was a young writer who was harshly
criticized
for his very early works by other African Americans for his unappealing view of the African American life.

"Working mans writer"
An active role in politics led to Langston's testimony before the House of Un-American Activities Committee after being accused
of communism.

Amy Lowell
Lowell, a
female
writer, strayed from
the typical female role of her day, and
became a very

successful
American
poet.

As well as a propagandist, lecturer, translator, biographer, and
critic.

Langston Hughes
World War I created
uncertainty
in the American people, the world they had known had been destroyed and changed forever. Authors tried to capture the
confusion
of the times in their writing.

Because of the
Great War
, people started to realize that the old way of life was
passing away
. This affected their writing and began to change the style of literature to
isolationism
and
individualism.

Writers followed the American people and started to display new themes in their writing. Literacy started to
question
the
american dream
and idealism. The uncertainty took root in the
new
American culture.
During the years 1920-1936, Blacks started to
migrate
to the cities, many even
fought
in the
Great War
and still faced
racism
when they returned home.
Amy Lowell wasn't the only person who rebelled
against tradition.
There was a huge push throughout the US to reject what had been done before and make a new form of
less high class
writing, creating literature that became very
melancholy
and showed that
nothing lasted
in life.
The crash of the
stock market
in 1929 caused the economy and traditional life to
crash
with it.
During this Era of the

Great War
and a
roller coaster

economy, art and literature captured
the feeling and
emotions
of the American people. As well as encouraged women's involvement in society.
Modernism

and

Harlem Renaissance
Historical Context
Historical Context
Worked with types of
blues
in his writing
Making him a very
influential voice
of the Harlem Renaissance.
Texts
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
"I too sing America"
"Harlem"

Examples of Imagism and Objectism (Understanding the "This-ness" of an object)
"This is Just to Say"
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
"No Ideas but in Things"
William Carlos Williams
Stream of
Consciousness
was a literary technique that was often
experimented
with during this era. This type of writing presents the
thoughts
or
feelings
of characters as they occur. It was especially useful when trying to express the confusion,
depression,
and other main ideas of the time.
Also during the Great Depression people like
Karl Marx
believed,
un-american
people were turning against the United states and becoming
communist spies,
caused a sense of worry and concern among many american citizens.
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