F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” takes place in the 1920’s portraying the Jazz Age, Prohibition, Organized Crime, also showing several examples of women and their attitudes/role in society. All four of these topics are tied together in some way shape or form in reality, whether it be women going against prohibition by buying alcohol off gangsters and going to speak easies or Americans completely changing all their basic roles in society in general. Women wore their tops much lower, skirts a lot shorter, and their hair was bobbed. They attended speakeasies just like men. Gangsters such as Al Capone took on a fairly large role in society (Hales & Kazmers) when prohibition, the ban of alcohol or any alcoholic substance, was put into place making it harder to obtain. The jazz age was focused around all the music and people who performed in nightclubs and speakeasies and bootleggers were a common thing. (History Learning Site)
When most people think of the 1920’s the first thing that pops into their brain, often enough is not prohibition or crime rates. At Least, that isn't what I personally thought of. When I think of the 1920’s the first thing that comes to my mind is the music and all the famous parties and celebrities that slowly surfaced through the time. It is commonly known as The Jazz Age, The Golden Age, or maybe you would better know it as The Roaring Twenties. (History Learning Site). During this time new artist surfaced and changed the way society looked at music. Some of these artists were for example: Louis Armstrong, Joe “King” Oliver, Edward “Kid” Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington. (UMN.EDU)
Joe “King” Oliver and his band were the most famous in the 1920’s, he was from New Orleans originally and everyone seemed to love the overall feel of the “New Orleans Style Jazz”. Later he mentored a young boy named Louis Armstrong. He sent Louis on jobs that he couldn't always quite fit into his schedule, and eventually this became Armstrong’s rise to fame. “While King Oliver was Armstrong's mentor, his talent as a soloist dimmed in comparison to Louis'.” Louis married his second wife after a divorce in 1924. Her name was Lil Hardin, she was a famous Jazz Pianist who encourage him to leave Oliver's’ band and accept a job position with Fletcher Henderson. He was the leader of one of the most prestigious music schools in New York City and he taught Louis a lot about music terminology and more successful ways to compose his music. It was from Fletcher Henderson that Louis learned about composition and music terminology. He was considered to be one of the best Jazz soloists to ever hit Broadway and his career was incredibly long and successful. (UMN.EDU)
Next is Edward “Kid” Ory, he was one of the very first Jazz trombonists of the 1920’s and even helped Louis Armstrong and Joe “King” Oliver in their rise to success. He was the leader of the first African American jazz band to record their music in the time period. His career was...