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The Great Gatsby, 1920s, Automobile

Subjects:

Language Arts, Social Studies  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – The Great Gatsby, 1920s, Automobile
By – Lori Gwinn
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12
The Great Gatsby and 1920s Unit Contents:
Great Gatsby Project Description
Magazine Project
Prohibition in the 1920s
1920s Trends – Fashion
The Automobile
Famous People from the 20s
The Jazz Age

Informational Page:
The Automobile in the 1920s

One important symbol in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the automobile. It represents the reckless convictions of the flapper society. At the beginning of the novel, the reader hears Nick’s account of a party where a car wrecks and chaos abounds. Further into the work, Daisy manipulates the automobile to serve her purpose–to escape from Tom and Gatsby. As a result of her careless behavior, Myrtle Wilson dies. Myrtle, too, is reckless. Running in front of a moving vehicle that takes many feet of road to stop because it lacks our anti-lock, power brakes, Myrtle suffers the consequences of her irresponsibility. Daisy, as the driver of the automobile, does not suffer the consequences of her behavior. She hides behind Gatsby, knowing that she does not love him enough to make such a sacrifice for him. The automobile was a dangerous weapon in the hands of carefree, irresponsible people. It still is; Fitzgerald’s lesson lives on.

 The Great Gatsby and 1920s Unit Contents:

Great Gatsby Project Description
Magazine Project
Prohibition in the 1920s
1920s Trends – Fashion
The Automobile
Famous People from the 20s
The Jazz Age

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