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Historical Lens

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on 14 July 2015

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Transcript of Historical Lens

Historical lens works for this book
Helps us understand the context and background behind many of the characters
Shows how all the characters represent the people of the time
Forms the setting for this "Great American Novel"
The Historical Lens
Evaluates the historical context of the writing
Both the author's historical context and the setting of the work
The Historical Lens:
Advantages
Understanding of:
Allusions
Context
Author
Gender Roles
Promiscuity
Daisy
Jordan
Myrtle
Flappers
Economy
Blooming post WWI
Consumerist ideology
Fancy cars
Elegant Houses
Stock Market
Reform
Historical Lens
Aaron, Andrew, Ben, Colin, Kevin

The Historical Lens:
Disadvantages
Works Cited
Clouds author's intrinsic purpose
Prevents the work from having universal meaning
Lack of symbolism
Conclusion
Prohibition
18th Amendment
Created the "Great" Gatsby



“In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper.” – Jennifer Rosenberg (2011)

Being in charge of one's own body
Independence
Consumerist Ideology lead to the Great Depression
Immigration
25 million
Farms --> Businesses
Consumerism
Economy
Reform
Gender Roles
"'Her voice is full of money,' he said suddenly.

That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money – that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it… high in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl..." (7.99)

"The Roaring 20's." The History of Sexuality. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. <http%3A%2F%2Fhistoryofsexuality.umwblogs.org%2Ftopic-1%2Fearly-1900s%2Froaring-20s%2F>.
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