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The Great Gatsby - Life in the Jazz Age

            Does your wealth define your overall standing and personality? Some may agree with this and other may contradict this by saying that someone's personality presents their status in society. Unfortunately, money did define you during the 'Jazz Age' also known as 'The Roaring Twenties' or 'The Gilded Age' which was during the 1920's after the Civil War had ended in 1919. This was a period of new developments and morals; society tore the old traditions into new ones. Jazz music became fairly popular during this era; it was a fast paced rhythm played almost everywhere especially parties. The book "The Great Gatsby" by Scott Fitzgerald depicts the icon of wealth, happiness, social acceptance, women, politics as well as economics. It was able to portray the mood of the generation during this unstable period of history.
             Women in the jazz age were a mirror image of the characters of the Great Gatsby. During the Jazz Age women gained more rights for an example the right to vote, they began to loosen their morals and display an image of higher power compared to what they were before. A description of their appearances can be found in the book, "solid sticky bob of red hair and powdered milky complexion" (34). This line is describing the hairstyle of the time which was kept short and masculine than having long hair past the shoulder. Women began to dress less modest as well, in the book they say "with the influence of her dress her personality has also gone under change" (35), now instead of wearing full length dresses with sleeves they wore shorter more exposed clothing especially to parties. Even though women did get equal rights as men, they were still seen as weaklings. Daisy describes the birth of her child as, "I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool-that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."(21).

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