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The Great Gatsby and WWI
Transcript of The Great Gatsby and WWI
for most Americans
Society wanted to forget the horrors of WWI
In an age often referred to as "The Roaring 20's"
people turned to partying and rampant materialism to escape their disillusionment of war. Before now woman could not
work outside of the home
or vote Now, woman defied convention
by cutting their hair, showing their calves in short skirts,
having a voice, and demanding that they be allowed to vote. With the sale of alcohol illegal, many turned to speak-easies, nightclubs and taverns who either made or smuggled in liquor. This made large fortunes for bootleggers like Al Copone Perhaps because of the new trend in breaking the rules, people felt like they could do anything This led to a huge resurgence of "The American Dream", meaning that if you work for it you can do anything and have anything. Now that the war to end all wars was over, people felt optimistic and wanted to keep celebrating. But... There were fewer jobs now that wartime production was over.
Things that were considered luxury were becoming more common. For example, the car, but also other material things like soap that makes you skinny and a device to stop a baby from sucking its thumb. Society on average had more money to spend. People didn't have to sacrifice for the war effort anymore.
Society wanted to celebrate, and women were no different.