Social Aspects of the Roaring Twenties
The beliefs of the Greenwhich Village, a group of authors, poets, playwrights, and artists, during the 1920's, included the idea of salvation by the children, i.e., encouraging children to devolp their own personalities, and cultivating their own self-expression. They upheld the idea of paganism, the body is a temple in which there is nothing unclean, a shrine to be adorned by the ritual of love. They upheld idea of living for the moment; the idea of liberty; the belief of female equality; the idea of psychological adjustment, to remove repression's so we can adjust ourselves to any situation and be happy; and the idea of changing place, they believed that by living in Europe a person can become wholly creative.
These ideas sum up societies mood in the 1920s. The Roaring Twenties was a period of cultural change in which people evaluated their life and morals. Responsiblity for many became unimportant and a spirit that focused on the individual and independence spread far and wide. Socially, in the 1920s, autonomy, or having the right of self government, was strong. People, especially members of the youth, formed new trains of thought and expressed their own personnel attitudes and beliefs. Music and theater grew and became expressions of the culture.
Youths had a great number of opportunities in the twentires. They could achieve economic, moral, and intellectual independence. Adults were trying to get the US. to regain its political and social footing. However the youth were rebelling against old principles. They did not want to have any responsibilities. Life became pleasure oriented. Activities were performed in order to maintain happiness. The values of moral responsibilities declined. Their was no longer an overzealous fervor to maintain moral activities.
Women cast aside their inferior position in society in the 1920s. Women were supposed to maintain a moral superiority, yet this morally responsible figure was becoming non existent. Women's roles in society were changing with the times. Once suffrage was reached women began to express themselves. They gained the right to vote. They cut their hair into a bob style and shortened their skirts. Many women gained a rebellious spirit. Some females remained set in their traditional roles in society. Those however who were swept away by the rebellious spirit indulged themselves in the pleasures of the time.
These rebellious women were coined "Flappers." The flapper was a national hero to the young. "The flapper offended the older generation because she defied conventions of acceptable feminine behavior"(Flapper html, 1). These women were characterized by artist John Held and writer F. Scott Fitzgerald as " the with it personification of the Jazz Age" (Farrington, 97). Her setting was the speak easy or the country club. She defied her mother, often smoked, and drank. Her behavior...