About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering historical context material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the historical setting of The Great Gatsby. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people within this novel's time period
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning American literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Great Gatsby Historical Context chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Great Gatsby Historical Context chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any American literature question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical context of The Great Gatsby for a standard American literature course. Topics covered include:
- Time period in which The Great Gatsby takes place
- City life and values of 1920s culture
- The purpose of The Great Gatsby
- Causes of the Great Depression
- Prohibition as it relates to this novel
- Literature, pop culture, and art of 1920s America
- Unemployment and other effects of the Great Depression on Americans
1. The Time Period of The Great Gatsby
In this lesson, we'll explore the time period in which 'The Great Gatsby' is set - specifically, the Roaring Twenties and the prohibition era in the United States. From flappers to speakeasies, it was a unique time in American history.
2. Why Was The Great Gatsby Written?
Writer Hunter S. Thompson typed out pages of The Great Gatsby word for word, because he wanted to know what it felt like to write like F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Radcliffe Publishing Course voted it the best novel of the 20th century and it's been adapted to film five times. In this lesson, we'll examine both the historical and biographical context of this novel as we consider why The Great Gatsby is so, well, great.
3. 1920s American Culture: City Life & Values
The 1920s was a time of enormous cultural change. In this lesson, we will examine urban culture during the 1920s. We will compare urban values with those of rural locations and see how urban culture became a symbol of the decade as a whole.
4. American Art, Pop Culture & Literature of the 1920s
In this lesson, we will examine the art, literature and popular culture associated with the 1920s. We will identify several key terms and figures related to the culture of the period, and understand them in historical context.
5. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes
October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.
6. America During the Great Depression: The Dust Bowl, Unemployment & Cultural Issues
The Great Depression was a period of economic hardship for a majority of Americans. Learn about the devastating conditions created by the Depression and the American response to the tragedy.
7. Prohibition & The Great Gatsby
The 18th Amendment to the Constitution outlawed the production, sale, and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the United States. In this lesson, you will learn about the impact of this law during the 1920s as it relates to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.
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