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1920s In America Essay

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The 1920’s also known as the Jazz Age in America was a time in American history in which there was an explosion of culture and corruption in America. This figurative explosion lead to the writing of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald which provided social commentary and insight on this age. The 1920s were a negative time in American history because of excess consumerism, divided social class, and organized crime.
Consumerism in the 1920s was promoted in popular culture including clothing and music. In the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby was a rampant consumer because he threw extravagant parties with expensive foods and drinks in his immense house just to get the attention of a woman. “There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” Nick explained in chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby. This quote shows the lavish nature of Gatsby’s parties comparing the attendees of the party to moths to exaggerate his point of there being many people at the party. Nick also references alcohol like champagne in his quote as well which there was a portional amount of at the parties. This kind of unrestrained consumerism in the 1920s is what lead to stock market crash in October 1929 the effectively ended the “boom” economy of the American Jazz Age and ending the Jazz Age completely. The consumerism of the time was very detrimental and negative to society leading to the darkest time in American History.
Social Class in was largely divided as the excessively rich and the despairingly poor. In The Great Gatsby this issue was talked about by having Tom Buchanan’s mistress live in The Valley of Ashes between both East Egg and New York, a place where the lower class residents of New York lived. Then population of the Valley of Ashes was comprised of industrial workers and their families like most slums bordering large cities in this age and...

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