sábado, 2 de marzo de 2013

The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties

Would you like to know more about one of the most outstanding American novelists? About his age ? About  one of the greatest novels of American literature: "The Great Gatsby"?
 Click on the following links, read about it and answer the questions.  

Francis Scott Fitzgerald was part of The Lost Generation, a group of American writers who were disillusioned with society and rebelled against it. They travelled around Europe and thought the old values were useless in the new society. Other authors included John Dos Passos, Hemingway and William Faulkner. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography    

Write the title of three of his works
What kind of jobs did he have?
Did he live a happy life? support your answer 

Scott Fitzgerald became a famous writer and chronicler of the 1920s, the Roaring Twenties or The Jazz Age as he called it. After the First World War, people thought America was at its peak. It was an age of freedom in music, art, new inventions, dance and fashion.

A Guide to the Roaring Twenties  

What historical event happened in 1929?,
What was popular in theatres at that time?
What were the social advances in that age?
What artistic movement represents this age?
The 1920s: history and videos 

What was invented in this age? 
How did communications develop? Mass Media?

The Jazz Age   

Write the names of three musicians and singers in the 1920s.
What dances were popular?

It was also an age of prohibitions, "speakeasies", wild parties, binge drinking, an age for "money making"; therefore, bootleggers and gangsters were popular. Society was divided: those who followed traditional values and those who wanted to have fun, enjoy a luxurious life, "hedonistic people"
 The automobile was the symbol of the flapper society and it's a symbol in The Great Gatsby too. 
Women felt free from strict rules, uncomfortable and dull clothing, free from house chores due to the new inventions, they started working away from home and lived their own lives (see Jordan Baker or Daisy Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby") it was the time of Flapper girls who smoked, drank, wore loose clothing showing their legs, wore make up, played sports  and drove cars.

 How to be a Flapper Girl
  Make an outline of women fashion in the Roaring Twenties.

 Listen to the song  "Flapper girl" by The Lumineers and watch a prezi about it

Flapper Girl Prezi by Christopher Grain


 The Great Gatsby shows perfectly well the age when  Fitzgerald lived, watch the following trailer of the film based in the book starring Leonardo Di Caprio and enjoy it!

To know more about FS Fitzgerald and "The Great Gatsby", watch my Prezi 

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