Modernism in the Great Gatsby Essay

1178 Words Feb 6th, 2011 5 Pages
What is Modernism? This term was usually referred to as the literature era of the 1920’s. During the “Roaring Twenties”, as most would say, was the time of flappers, gangsters, and the beginning of some of the most renowned literature known to the United States. One of the famous books written in this time was The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. Included in the Modernism Era were the focus on trends and the extreme effect materialism makes on the society of the 1920’s. With the materials that one might own, it became their new way of life. In The Great Gatsby there are many signs of materialism and love for manufactured goods. Gatsby’s brilliant and luscious house was built just to impress the eyes of Daisy. This …show more content…
There were now ‘Bootleggers’ who smuggled in liquor to the United States by hiding the alcohol in their bootstraps. Other methods of smuggling would be to hide them in their hollow books, different looking flasks, and anything else they could think of. Speakeasies were then developed in the 1920’s. These hidden saloons were underground places where one needed a password to get in and when they were in they must “speak easy”, or quietly, so they would not be spotted. Many secrets then arose of all the people who did these things. All the rumors of Gatsby were started because of his mischievous lifestyle.
F. Scott Fitzgerald does a good job on illustrating the difference of rich and poor in his book by showing the difference in-between East Egg and West Egg. East Egg was the richest part of their state, where only the greatest men who own splendid jobs can party throughout the night. Then there is West Egg, which is usually the run down part, but there is that one mansion where a mysterious man lives. Jay Gatsby, who has roomers running around town, lives in a house bigger than those in East Egg. He creates the term “new money” for West Egg. This would mean that they make their own money or would inherit their riches from past family members.
Another modernist view used in this phenomenal novel is the Jazz Age. This era in America was the

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