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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Intro Lecture

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Laura Randazzo

on 18 September 2016

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Transcript of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Intro Lecture

Gatsby is…
Prohibition was in effect
Dances such as the Charleston were popular
Unique slang: Moll? Hoofer? Bee’s knees? Hooch?
Booming economy
Rebelled against social norms of the early 1900’s
Flappers delayed marriage
Drank/Smoked
Carefree lifestyle
The Jazz Age

Money from family wealth
Doesn’t work
Reserved & refined
Respected above all in the 1920’s

Not born with $$$
Works hard
Shows off/bling-bling
Not as respected in the 1920’s
Old Money Vs. New Money
Today?
American Dreamers
1922
New York City
Long Island
West Egg vs. East Egg
Setting
West Egg
(New Money)
East Egg
(Old Money)
Themes
Jennifer Lopez
Eminem
Barack Obama
Stephen King
Oprah Winfrey
Bill Gates
Kelly Clarkson
Lindsay Lohan vs. Paris Hilton
Drug problems?
Both
Drunk-driving arrests?
Both
Sexy scandals?
Both
Make bad movies?
Both
Failed singing careers?
Both

And, yet...
which one still gets endorsement deals and has maintained acceptance in elite social circles?
That's right – Paris!
Old money wins,

Ready to start?
Then grab a book and let's go...
F. Scott Fitzgerald's
The Great Gatsby

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