Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Great Gatsby Test Question 9

Explain how The Great Gatsby reflects the Jazz Age.

20 comments:

Derek Stemmler said...

Fitzgerald is able to portray the theme of the Jazz Age throughout the whole novel. The Jazz Age is portrayed as a period of low morals, greed, and wealth. In the story, there are several references to the Jazz Age. These include parties, jazz music, bootleggers, and war. The Jazz Age is also shown through the luxerious parties that Gatsby has, and the wild jazz music played there. The Jazz Age was a time when people enjoyed themselves and tried to persue the dream of becoming wealthy, which eventually made people greedy. It was also a time when there was a ban of alcohol and people called bootleggers had the sneak in alcohol. This was referenced when there was a rumor that Gatsby was a bootlegger. There was also a reference to war, when Gatsby said he foght in the war. World War I ended around the time of the Jazz Age, in 1918, and caused many of the bad choices people made during the Jazz Age.

Lisa Russell said...

The Great Gatsby reflects the Jazz age in many different ways. For example, all of the parties that Gatsby had at his house. He would play all of this new kind of music called Jazz music. This was the new age called the Jazz Age. You can also tell that the Jazz age is being portrayed by the way that the people in this book dress and act. They dress in these bright and flashy clothing and they act like they could not have a care in the world. Also the Jazz Age was a time where people were just getting over the war, so it made some people do crazier things than they would if they had not gone through a lot of greif and pain. People were out fresh and starting new lives. This is a lot how Fitzgerald explains it in his book as well.

denisgingras said...

The great Gatsby is a great example of the Jazz age because throughout the novel there are many parties going on. At Gatsby's house he has alcohol which was a huge part of the JAzz age because it was illegal then and everyone was bootlegging alchol. Also, at these parties Gatsby had a lot of different bands playing jazz music to his guests which was the popular music of this time.

Danielle Sugrue said...

In The Great Gatsby, it includes a lot of different examples refering to the Jazz Age. This book was written during the Jazz Age. One example is within all of the parties Gatsby holds, the music is revolved around the Jazz music. Not only the music but by the way all of his guests dance to the music. One inparticular is the "Charleston." That dance was very popular. Another example of the Jazz Age is the way people dressed. They would dress head to toe in very expensive, fancy clothing. For the men, a hat with gloves, nice shoes and a suit and bow tie. For the ladies, a very large hat in the day and for the parties, some sort of hair decoration, a dress and high heels.

Pat Fahey said...

The Great Gatsby shows the theme of the Jazz Age throughout the whole book. The jazz age is a time of greed and low morality. The story has a lot of parties and music. People are very obssesed with money and the fancy life that wealthy people lived.

Dan McCarthy said...

The Great Gatsby reflects the Jazz Age in that it incorporates much of the dominate aspects of the Jazz age into most of the story. The Great Gatsby takes place during the Jazz Age. the Jazz age is revealed as a time n which there was less morals with much more fun and greed. Gastby holds many parties that were very common during the jazz age. At these parties there was jazz music being played. the people there were also reflecting the jazz age. The attendees were doing jazz age dances and wearing jazz age clothes. A big part of the Jazz Age was alcohol. There was a ban on such during this time. Bootlegger were common to supply many people with alcohol which was in excess at Gatsby's parties. There were even rumors about Gatsby himself being a bootlegger. The Jazz age was a time which was full of people making less than wise choices, partying, and wanting as much money as they could get, all of which the Great Gatsby was full of too.

Kayla Reynolds said...
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Kayla Reynolds said...

The Great Gatsby Portrays the Jazz Age in many ways. It took place during the time of the jazz age, so all of the styles of clothing people wore were an example of this age. Another example was the music during that time, every party that Gatsby threw had jazz music and every one was dancing and having a good time.Also the peoples attitudes were very fun and outgoing which was the mood of the Jazz Age.

Carolina Veloso said...

The Great Gatsby reflects the Jazz Age very well because it has all the parties, the music, the clothing, and how people lived their lives. Everyone was very happy and had no worries about anyhing. It showed the importance of having money, and how wealth would get you anywhere you waneted. It also had parts of the war which was a big part in Gatsby's past, and got him where he was.

Olivia Fuller said...

The Great Gatsby not only reflects the jazz age, it personifies it. Everything that the novel is based on or around has something to do with the jazz age. A time when people were focused on booze, parties, and money. The Novel contantly makes referances to the music that Nick hears roaring from Jay's parties, and Gatby's wealth is always the topic of conversation. Also little things to remind the reader of the era were mentioned. Like the fixing of the 1919 World Seris.

Vanessa Domond said...

The jazz age is the time period during this novel. All the crazy parties Gatsby had were during that time. The Alcohol was illegal then but gatsby still was able to obtain it from bootleggers. The outfits the females wore portrayed those of the jazz age as well. The music and dance influence was also jazz related.

Alyssa Sullivan said...

The Great Gatsby reflects the jazz age by mentioning the parties, the clothing (flappers), the jazz music, and bootleggers. The jazz age is really shown in Gatsby's parties. For example the way they danced and dressed. People accused Gatsby of being a bootlegger because he had alcohol at his parties, which was supposed to be banned.

Ian Conway said...

Gatsby's parties greatly reflect the Jazz Age. The songs that they use, clothing, and references to the war all are perfect artifacts of the Jazz Age. Men wore suits and the women wore gaudy, flamboyant dresses with head pieces while dancing the Charleston and the fox-trot. Many of the women who attended the parties were perfect examples of flappers.

Arianna Miranda said...

Fitzgerald displays the theme of the jazz age in his novel. This period of time was full of wealth, partying, and low morals. Gatsby holds the finest parties with jazz music. This was the time of desire to have fun and become wealthy in doing so. Alchohol was banded but Gatsby was a bootlegger. World War I ended around the time the Jazz Age did.

larry said...

The great Gatsby reflects the jazz age in its setting. Gatsby's parties are like the parties in the jazz age they are big and loud and have big bands playing jazz music all night while people dance carelessly all night long. Also since Gatsby was a bootlegger which was very common at the time during which the novel takes place. Also there is that care free life style everyone is living in which nothing really mattered as long as it was fun which was how people thought about things back then.

Chuck Barbaro said...

The Great Gatsby reflects upon the jazz age is so many different ways. The jazz age was characterized by extravagent parties and fun living. All of Gatsby's parties were expensive and full of life. His parties had music and dancing from the jazz age. The book is also set in the time period of the jazz age.

Nick Boutoures said...

The Jazz Age is clearly shown at the parties that Gatsby throws. The dancing, the girls, and the music are all shown at the parties. The way the girls dress, called flappers, is clearly described in the book and shown in the movie. That was a very popular thing back in the Jazz Age. Jazz music which gave the name to the Jazz age is played at those parties. The dancing at the parties is also distinct to the Jazz Age.

Jared Ravagni said...

The Jazz age is an evident theme in The Great Gatsby. The most prominent aspect is Gatsby's parties. He is always having these extravagant parties which is typical of this time. The people attending the parties all wore bright colorful dresses.

Josh said...

This book is based around the Jazz age and Fitzgerald portraits it very well in the Great Gatsby. For example during the jazz age it was a very fun partyu time and Gatsby has many parties in the novel. At the parties the music and dance and clothes are all portriated the same as those of the jazz age.

Sean Keane said...

The jazz age was a time when people could party and be free. In this novel, the jazz age is portreayed greatly by all of Gatsby's wild parties. It also is because in the novel, everyone wants to be wealthy and they kind of compete for the kost wealth.The jazz age was also a time when many illegal things went on. The book shows that too by having Gatsby smuggle alcohol to his parties even though alcohol was illegal.