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Investigating the music and dance of the period in The Great Gatsby

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Habibat Aziz Garuba ORAL PRESENTATION ESSAY OUTLINE Topic: Investigating the music and dance of the period in The Great Gatsby Main Statement The 1920's were known as the Jazz Age. It was also an era of social, economic and most important to this presentation, cultural change. The kind of music and dance of the Jazz Age was revolutionary and showed how society had much changed and become less conservative. Entertainment of that sense was more upbeat. Even music and dance were seen as a powerful symbol of social status as well as a symbol of the decline of the American Dream. ...read more.

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* People made assumptions about Gatsby's character by observing the kinds of parties he hosted which would include wild music and dance as well as guests who "conducted themselves according to the rules of behaviour of amusement parks". * Symbolism of dance - Daisy and Gatsby danced. He did a fox trot, which is a graceful, conservative dance. Says something about his character. * The explosion in the popularity of Jazz music was appalling to the older generation and quite appealing to the new. ...read more.

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Bott, the head of the National Association of Master's Dancing warned that "those moaning saxophones and the rest of the instruments with their jerky rhythm make a purely sensual appeal. They call out low and rowdy instincts. Jazz is the very foundation and essence of salacious dancing. The words are often very suggestive, thinly veiling immoral ideas". * New Jersey Supreme Court Justice J.F. Minturn said, " ...in response to jazz's call there ensues a series of snake-like gyrations and weird contortions of seemingly agonized bodies and limbs, resembling an Asiatic potpourri which . . . is called a dance." Types of Dances * The Charleston * The Lindy-Hop * The Fox Trot * The Black Bottom * ...read more.

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