Why Read The Great Gatsby

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Why Read The Great Gatsby by Mind Map: Why Read The Great Gatsby

1. Historical influence

1.1. Prohibition

1.1.1. Prohibition was a ban of alcohol that was enacted in 1919... this law made it illegal to manufacture, sell, or transport any kind of liquor. This relates to the novel "The Great Gatsby" because in the book, Gatsby, himself was shown with alcohol which was illegal at that time. It had helped make Gatsby's future, manufacturing and selling alcohol illegally was a huge business back in the day.

1.2. Gambling

1.2.1. Gambling was an another illegal act during the 1900s that was shown in The Great Gatsby.

1.3. Another historical influence which was not given a reason, for example, this influence was not given a reason as to why it was there... some of the main character from the novel were referring to the immigrants of West Egg negatively.

1.3.1. These immigrants were accused of taking away the Americans' jobs

1.3.2. American government came up with the idea of introducing restriction bills and laws that would limit the entry of immigrants into America. This law was entirely discriminating towards the immigrants.

2. Geographical influence

2.1. the Eggs represent the characters

2.1.1. West Egg represents people who are new to money; contrast to the people living in East Egg

2.1.2. East Egg represents people who have always been wealthy

2.2. The Valley of Ashes represents social corruption

2.3. geography was used as a way to represent the hierarchy

3. Social Influence

3.1. The representation of the "Jazz Age" in The Great Gatsby was quite accurate. Many of the men in The Great Gatsby had served in the World War I and they noticed the change when they returned from war.

3.1.1. The men that returned from war found the changed ideas as an outmoded way of thinking so they stood against it, they rebelled. The women were not in favour of the post-war America either. Young men and women, and also the author of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, rebelled against post-war America.

3.2. The 1920s turned out to be a period of great change for women.

3.2.1. Women were given the right to vote... this law was enacted in 1920, this made them a step closer to their independence. Women bob-cut their hair, simply enjoying the freedom they had been given... FINALLY.

3.2.2. Women gave up on wearing corsets, which were apparently suppose to "shape a woman's body in a more feminine way."

3.2.3. Women started smoking and drinking openly... they were not afraid of their husband's finding out anymore. This was shown in The Great Gatsby, in fact, a lady, Myrtle was shown bossing her husband because she had a higher status before she got married to he husband. Other examples that showed the freedom of the women in The Great Gatsby would be... Myrtle wanted to have a popular social status so a higher social status, whereas Daisy wanted more money. Another example from the novel would be of Jordan Baker, she was a professional golfer which was not considered a career until the 1920s.

4. Cultural influence

4.1. Flapper's Movement

4.1.1. New cultural group that changed the way women dressed, acted, and were perceived in society.

4.2. Jazz Age

4.2.1. new type of music resulted in the popular dance called "Charleston"

4.3. Prohibition

4.3.1. resulted in a lot of criminal activity speakeasies and taverns carried alcohol during the ban