Gatsby’s personality was nothing short of “gorgeous.” In the summer of 1922, Nick had just arrived in New York, where he moved to work in the bond business. He rented a house on a part of Long Island called West Egg. He was supposed to rent it out with another man, but the other man wasn’t able to. West Egg is home to the “new rich,” (neuveau riche) those who, having made their fortunes recently. East Egg is home to the people who were always rich, people that had inherited money and were born into that social class.
The way music has shaped American culture Wendell Foster HUM/ 176 January 20, 2013 Sandy Robinson The way I see it music and radio has shaped American culture and it’s values in many different ways . Such as in the 80’s I know the music shape the way some teens dressed also around the time rap came out some people’s values tend to change. I way like some who really never did anything like sale drugs or stated carrying guns. Now as for me I have always loved blues I just love the story’s they tell and how they might take the things that has went on in there real life and make music about it. I think American culture and social behavior has been shaped in many was by some of the music I listen to like the rap music has shaped the way some people dress they see how the rapper’s are dressed and they want to look like them.
In the 20’s this music was Jazz. In the 80’s America saw the same urban African American culture embrace the hip hop movement. Similar in many respects with their secular themes, improvisation, polyrhythm, and use of call-and-response, hip hop became the new way to express the struggles while carrying on the tradition style of African American music. One of the most visible examples of hip hop’s roots in jazz is the basis of the art form, the beat. Hip hop originated when New York DJ’s began isolating the percussion breaks on funk and rock records.
This current urban folk art is from a background of past music makers with conscious and political views. Beginning with the blues and jazz in 1920s and 1930s to the rock n roll of Presley of 1950s and Nirvana of 1980s, some feel all white music, has originated from black musicians and artist. This crossover to hip-hop is spoken from the control of corporate America, to language spoken in these rhymes and lyrics. The golden years of mid 1980s to 1990s has been considered the best time of American rap poetry. Raps referenced to the great political views of the Reagan presidential era, which brought crack cocaine, and the disease of AIDS into the equation, Also along with the paycheck to paycheck poverty society.
The Origin and Development of Early Jazz in South Africa Introduction During the turn of the 19th century, the early beginnings of an incredible musical style were coming to fruition in the United States. New Orleans was quickly becoming the birthplace and epicenter of what would soon become known worldwide as jazz. Although jazz was born in America, shortly after its birth, the style would quickly spread across the globe (Fox 3). In Africa, jazz immediately found a home in South Africa and soon after became infused with local indigenous styles allowing the music to bear a distinctly African identity. According to Chris Porter, South Africa became a jazz-crazy nation that was absolutely enthralled with the emergence and popularity of jazz in America (“South African Jazz”).
Most often society and popular culture reflect each other. America is a land of freedom, democracy and the distinguished American Dream, but at the same time it facing today: crime, violence, drugs, disease, war, poverty, welfare, and corrupt government. Back in late sixties, movie “Easy Rider” by Dennis Hopper reflexes all these characteristics of the American culture that I just mentioned above. Easy Rider characterizes the spirit of the sixties by involving freedom, dreams, and struggle. The story is about two guys from Los Angeles, Wyatt and Billy, who made a large drug deal in order to get enough cash to be free of the restrictions of society and travel around America on their motorcycles.
So where are we going for the party?” He thinks then says, “In Great Falls Man!” “But that’s far away.” “You’ll be just fine.” After 2 hours of driving we pull up to this HUGE house. All I can say is, “WOW!” One of the kids in back says, “What’s so wow about his house? It’s not that big.” “Well it’s huge compared to my trailer!” Everyone laughs. But I’m still in shock. We go inside and I’m very shy.
In The Great Gatsby many of the characters downfall and success is all due to being in the Jazz Age. Bootlegging among other criminal activity was a very prominent profession to gain wealth and status above others. Almost all of the bootlegged alcohol was sold in speakeasies where people had to be quiet so they would not attract attention by the police (Neilan). Due to prohibition, the outlawing of alcohol by the Eighteenth Amendment, mobsters began making and selling alcohol illegally to gain wealth and status(Neilan). Gatsby too chose this way of life so he could also gain wealth and status in hopes that he could capture the eye of daisy, with his large lavish parties for the speakeasy underground group (Fitzgerald 89).
He spent much of his teenage years working summers in upstate New York as a counselor and waiter at the upscale Camp Roosevelt. During the course of the school year, he worked part-time jobs in various clothing department stores. Lauren made it a point to be surrounded by the upper-class lifestyle, and, as a result of this, has been known to exude a signature “preppy look” since the age of 12. By his high school years, he had fully adopted the businessman prep style and title, sporting sharp shouldered blazers complete with a necktie (which he also sold to fellow classmates during his time at Salanter Academy and later DeWitt Clinton High School). Shortly after graduating from DeWitt, Lauren enrolled in Baruch School of Business and Civic Administration of the City
Mini Essay Gatsby The infamous Jay Gatsby of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby sets himself up as a mysterious host of the lavish parties he throws almost every week at his beautifully crafted mansion. The man appears to his crowds as being surrounded in endless wealth and luxury, courted by rich, powerful men and beautiful young women. When observing his spectacular mansion, Nick provides, “It was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden,” (5). Such esteemed perfection of Gatsby soon begins rumors and questioning among his guests, and it rightfully done. This character reveals a shroud of dim history about himself, and the explanation seems faulty.