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History plays its part

Commemorative Fitzgerald stamp

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby stands as a true testament to the era of the “Jazz Age” – the 1920’s. This decade marked an abrupt change from the era prior, with the influence and effect of World War I serving as the catalyst for this change. Along with this aspect, The Great Gatsby also delves into the prevalent “American Dream” that permeated the atmosphere of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald sets his story amidst the conflicting lifestyles of Long Island, with this tiny stretch of land as a representation of the general feeling the whole nation felt during this timeframe. The Jazz Age marked a decade surrounded on both sides by devastation, starting with the end of a war and then ending with the Great Depression. It reigned as the decade of excitement and rollick in the eye of the storm.

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The American Dream
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