Historical context

In this section of the literary guide, you can read a clear presentation of the historical context in which The Great Gatsby was set. By doing so, you can enhance your understanding of America in the '20s and, subsequently, the historical context of The Great Gatsby.

“The Great Gatsby” is set in the early years of the 1920s. With Fitzgerald writing only a couple of years after the setting in 1924-5, the book is closely inspired by Fitzgerald's own time and experiences and so has a particular historical context.

To better understand “The Great Gatsby”'s historical context, it is useful to know that after the First World War had ended in 1918, America saw significant economic growth, with ind...

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