The Jazz Age was a period in America after World War One up until
the Depression in 1929, also known as the Roaring 20ies. It was a
period of stark contrasts in America life. On the one hand there were
the sober-minded conservatives who succeeded in having the 18th
Amendment passed in 1919 that is prohibition, and on the other
hand it was a time of reckless opulence and vulgar extravagance.
|In the novel Fitzgerald
focuses on the materialism 1920s society he portrays
American life in this period as been both vulgar & dazzlingly
||The film also concentrates
on the idea of the Jazz age, showing long, elaborate party scenes
of dancing and drunkenness as well as extended shots of girls'
legs when dancing. However, the society represented in the film
reflects that of 1970s America, when the film was made.
|The novel makes a
strong distinction between new and old money -> new money could
never be in the same class as old money. This is where the vulgarity
of Gatsbys parties and the society that attends them is
||The film doesnt
seem to make this distinction as clearly, it focuses more on appearance
and the importance of always looking good.
Another example of this is at one of Gatsbys parties
where Tom comments that many of the right people were present
one of the most important of these was a movie producer.
This seems to be synonymous with 1970s (and present day)
America, where celebrities are the new upper class.