Jazz Age Essay

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Nausheen Khan Karuna Rajeev Anglo American writing from 1930’s (II) 31 February 2014 The Jazz Age Abstract: This paper is on the Jazz Age (1920-1929) and the social, political, economic and literary conditions of the period. There is a detailed account of the disparity between the popular perception and the reality of the 1920’s. This paper includes a detailed criticism of the literary works of 1920’s, focussing on Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, stressing on its relation with The American Dream and the misinterpretation of this term. Following this is a brief note on Fitzgerald’s personal reaction to the government policies such as Prohibition. Then I talk briefly about the famous ‘Lost Generation’ writer Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises in relation to what his idea of The Jazz Age was and what he represents through his work. The basic idea of this paper is to negate the glorification of the so called ‘Roaring Twenties’ and to elaborate upon the reality of the period, highlighting the darker side of the Jazz Age that is often forgotten in historical records and references to the apparently glamorous and progressive post-War America. 1. Popular Perception of The Jazz Age: Like in any Nation that emerges out of War, dramatic changes started taking place in America after the First World War ended in 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. America spent the next ten years recovering and in fact doubly progressing and bringing about radical changes in their system and way of life. Technology was being developed, people started thinking bigger, women were more liberated and empowered than ever before, Hollywood came into existence, people started listening to Jazz music and a number of other changes took place in those ten years, that qualified this decade to be known as the “Roaring Twenties”. Literary creativity erupted during this time;

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