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Question: What impressions does Fitzgerald give the reader of the preoccupations of American society in the Jazz age? Explain also, the relevance of The Great Gatsby to the reader of the 21st Century.

GCSE English Essay, A Grade, Band 2, 84%

Answer: The chaos and violence of the First World War left America, and the rest of the world, in shock. The generation that fought in the war turned to wild and extravagant living, the values of the previous generation lost in money and materialism. It is in this time of debauchery that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes place, allowing Fitzgerald to express his sentiments about the Jazz Age through the moral depravity of his characters. It is through the eyes of Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story that we, the reader, begin to draw parallels between Gatsby’s world and that of our own.

During the 1920’s America was an incredibly affluent country, the commercial growth during the Jazz Age resulting in rampant materialism. As people began to have more money, they began to buy more, thereby enabling the economic growth cycle. The lure of the superficial was mi...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: GCSE
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 84%
  • Words: 1321
  • Date submitted: February 25, 2013
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 4519

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