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Language of the Jazz Age – The Great Gatsby

The jazz age was a time when society was going through a change. The people were becoming more wasteful and they were drawn to materialistic things. F. Scott Fitzgerald shows how waste the people of the jazz age were in his novel, The Great Gatsby. Mr. Gatsby has a giant party once a week at his house. People from all over New York come to be a part of the festivities. Only a select few are actually given formal invitations from Gatsby himself to attend these parties. Everyone else who shows up to the party were not invited. “People were not invited. They went there ? (Fitzgerald 41). Mr. Gatsby has so much money that he doesn’t even care that these people show up, drink his alcohol, eat his food and trash his house and lawn. “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars ? (39). Moths are attracted to light, at night when you turn on a light outside or near a door bugs are attracted to it and end up flocking around it and don’t leave until the light is turned off.
The people who went to Gatsby’s parties are similar to moths because as long as there are parties and its fun they all go to Gatsby’s house. When the fun stops or the parties just aren’t as good less people will come to them and only the ones who are invited would most likely show up because of respect. The guests also had no respect for Gatsby or his home. No one knew who he was or where he was during the parties.Every week extra gardeners were sent to Gatsby’s house to fix the damages that the guests had done the night before. “On Mondays eight servants and an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-bushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before ? (39). The parties were so wasteful that Gatsby would have to hire extra people to clean up and repair the mess from the night before. Gatsby was also wasteful in the sense that he knew how disastrous his house would become after the party that he still would have one the very next week. The way that Gatsby throws his parties is proof that the people of the jazz age were wasteful.
Gatsby was very wasteful, he ordered crates of fruit every week and would turn it into juice for a party that lasted one night. “Every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived
from a fruiter in New York-every Monday these same oranges and lemons left is back door in a pyramid of pulp less halves ? (39). Five crates of fruit were all used up in a single weekend. Also the remainders of the skins of the fruit were sent out the back door of the house. The back door symbolizes that he didn’t want people to see how much food was being wasted. The back door was out of sight and only the servants used that door so the guests would never see the waste. At the parties Gatsby had two dinners. One was when the party first started and another after midnight. “The first supper- there would be another one after the midnight-was now being served. ? (44). A party that needed to serve two meals is just wasteful. After they eat the first meal it would only be a few hours later and late at night that they would all sit down again and have another feast. Gatsby and his guests both show just how wasteful the people of the jazz age really were.

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