The great Gatsby is too concerned with conveying a picture of 1920’s American society to have relevance to modern readers.

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The great Gatsby is too concerned with conveying a picture of 1920’s American society to have relevance to modern readers.
With reference to appropriately selected parts of the novel and relevant contextual information on both today’s society and society in the 1920’s, give your response to the above view.”

As a heavily contextual literary piece, the great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of modern American literature of all time.
The book as achieved this status not through its base in the setting of 1920’s America but because of its story and characters can transverse through generations and how its settings and meanings can be applied to most situations and lifestyles experienced by
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bankers, politicians. This idea of greed and moral decadence is seen through out the novel. “With the influence of the dress her personality had also undergone a change. The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur.” This is also seen from daisy’s comment “what’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? Cried daisy, and the day after that, and the next thirty years?”

What can be said about the argument for too much context in the great Gatsby is the difference between what was considered shocking then and its comparison to now.
Women were known as flappers in the 1920’s as women started to break out of their social stereotype and instead did things that before were unheard of from women such as short haircut’s or “bob’s”, wearing lose fitting dresses that didn’t cover the legs, drinking, smoking and partying. While this may have been quite new and modern back then it is very common place in today’s society so it doesn’t have the same significance as it would have done.
Another way in which the context of the novel differs is the idea of cars in the book, which were seen to be an accessory of the rich whereas nowadays most people own a car regardless of class. This can also be linked between the two settings today as those in society who have the latest or newest technology tend to be seen as the wealthier people.

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