The Great Gatsby Overview PPT. Background to The Great Gatsby

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> The Great Gatsby Overview PPT </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> Background to The Great Gatsby </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> World War I </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Post WWI Standard of living increased for mostStandard of living increased for most Americans abandoned small towns in exchange for urban livingAmericans abandoned small towns in exchange for urban living Economy prospered as Americans tried to forget troubles of warEconomy prospered as Americans tried to forget troubles of war - frivolous spending - illegal liquor - immorality </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> The 1920s: Nicknames The Roaring 20sThe Roaring 20s The Jazz AgeThe Jazz Age The Flapper EraThe Flapper Era The Aspirin AgeThe Aspirin Age The Age of Wonderful NonsenseThe Age of Wonderful Nonsense </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> 1920s Context WWI made Americans question traditional ideals. Literature and art denied foundations of the past and went for the new. The philosophy of the Jazz Age was called modernism." </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> Modernism Modernism was an artistic trend that sought to find new ways to communicateModernism was an artistic trend that sought to find new ways to communicate Writers stripped away descriptions of characters and setting and avoided direct statements of themes and resolutionsWriters stripped away descriptions of characters and setting and avoided direct statements of themes and resolutions This fragmented style of writing enabled the reader to choose meaning for himself, believing life had no meaning.This fragmented style of writing enabled the reader to choose meaning for himself, believing life had no meaning. </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> The Jazz Age / Roaring Twenties 1918-1929: the years after the end of World War I, continuing through the Roaring Twenties and ending with the rise of the Great Depression.1918-1929: the years after the end of World War I, continuing through the Roaring Twenties and ending with the rise of the Great Depression. The age takes its name from jazz, which saw a tremendous surge in popularity among many segments of society.The age takes its name from jazz, which saw a tremendous surge in popularity among many segments of society. Jazz music set exalted standards Louis Armstrong &amp; Duke EllingtonJazz music set exalted standards Louis Armstrong &amp; Duke Ellington This was a period of pleasure seeking &amp; reckless exuberanceThis was a period of pleasure seeking &amp; reckless exuberance Most of Fitzgeralds stories provide a picture of youthful hedonism and the antics of the liberated young women known as flappers, affronting conventional values with short skirts, short hair and make-up.Most of Fitzgeralds stories provide a picture of youthful hedonism and the antics of the liberated young women known as flappers, affronting conventional values with short skirts, short hair and make-up. </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> Prohibition 18th Amendment to Constitution prohibited manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages18th Amendment to Constitution prohibited manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages Thousands turned to bootleggingThousands turned to bootlegging Mob activity increased to supply the demand for what was once legalMob activity increased to supply the demand for what was once legal </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> More 1920s This period has been referred to as The Lost Generation.This period has been referred to as The Lost Generation. Hemingway, in his novel The Sun Also Rises depicts a group of expatriate Americans, wandering aimlessly through Europe, sensing that they are powerless and that life is pointless in the aftermath of the Great War.Hemingway, in his novel The Sun Also Rises depicts a group of expatriate Americans, wandering aimlessly through Europe, sensing that they are powerless and that life is pointless in the aftermath of the Great War. The Great Gatsby can be seen to encapsulate this perception of life without purpose, of restlessness, dissatisfaction and drifting. It was published in the middle of the decade and reveals a mindless quest for pleasure and a loss of direction in life.The Great Gatsby can be seen to encapsulate this perception of life without purpose, of restlessness, dissatisfaction and drifting. It was published in the middle of the decade and reveals a mindless quest for pleasure and a loss of direction in life. </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> </ul>