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Technology and Inventions In Great Gatsby.

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Assembly lines, like this car assembly line,gave good pay to civilians
Demand for Technology
The Roaring 20's
Technology and Inventions.
In the 1920's, many new inventions changed the lifestyle Americans lived by. Two predominant inventions that altered the way Americans lived were the Ford Model T and the introduction of the radio into many households around the country. As seen in many American Literature novels, these inventions altered American lifestyle. For the first time in American history, citizens could travel great distances or listen to people over radio waves on any given day.

The Car.
Model T- This car allowed Americans to transport themselves for access to food or entertainment. The introduction of the car allowed many Americans to do many things during their day. The car acts as a transition between plots in the "Great Gatsby."
American Daily Life
In the twenties, many people sought opportunity to gain wealth and obtain jobs. Just as in today's society, many people work in factories and on assembly lines. This provided money for the individuals to afford many new inventions. Etrepneurship was at it's peak when inventors saw how Americans were lavishly spending their money. Many great inventors such as Henry Ford, desired to create the "next big thing," to not only make money but better the American society.
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Technology and Inventions In Great Gatsby.

World War 1 ended in 1918, sending many americans back home to the states, looking for jobs and new opportunities. Many people desired wealth and inventions were at its peak. Jobs on the assembly line provided decent pay which allowed americans to spend money like never before. In addition, many inventors sought to create the newest product that American consumers would buy!
Model T
For the first time many Americans traveled up to 15 miles away from their home. Because Henry Ford payed his employees well, the price of the Model T dropped allowing Americans around the country to buy one for their families. The "Tin Lizzie" cost $250 in 1927. By this time, over 15 million cars were sold; about one per family.
Since many Americans were able to gain wealth in the 1920's, radios were affordable. Nearly every American owned a radio, spending a lot of time listening to broadcasts. Americans scheduled their evenings around what type of shows the radio station were to broadcast on any night.
The Radio
The Radio
In 1923, 60% of Americans had a radio in their house. Americans would hold "Radio Parties" where they would spend their time listening to broadcasts and soap operas with friends. In 1920 only 4 radio stations were available. However, by 1922 over 600 stations were accessible to Americans.
Henry Ford introduced many possibilities to American lifestyle. Not only inventing the Model T, Henry created the assembly line that allowed cars to be cheaper and produced many American jobs.
Henry Ford
Guglielmo was the first to make the radio simple to use. Not only was the radio cheap, but it was user friendly. The spark of interest in the radio allowed it to be mass produced and available to Americans at a cheap price.
Guglielmo Marconi
Model T- The Model T acted as a transition point between plots. For example, the rising action and climax evolved around purpose of the Model T. Tom sent Gatsby and Daisy home in the car after the altercation in New York. Ultimately, the car was driven by Daisy and Gatsby that abruptly killed Myrtle. This would later result in Gatsby's death. (Pg. 127-136)

Connection to
"The Great Gatsby"
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Radio- The radio served as entertainment at Gatsby's parties. This invention allowed party-goers to swing to the popular jazz at the elaborate Gatsby parties. Without the radio, Gatsby would not be able to create the wild atmosphere he hoped for. Although alcohol was a major contributor, the jazz that came from the radio helped Gatsby have a sense of control over his guests, while he did not participate.
Connection to
"The Great Gatsby"
Textual Examples
―He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‗I never loved you.‘ After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken‖ (109).
―You two start on home, Daisy…In Mr. Gatsby‘s car…Go on. He won‘t annoy you. I think he realizes that his presumptuous little flirtation is over‖ (135-136).
Textual Examples
―I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby‘s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited‖ (41).
―I see I have given the impression that the events…were all that absorbed me. On the contrary, they were merely casual
events in a crowded summer, and, until much later, they absorbed me infinitely less than my personal affairs‖ (55-56).
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