Can anyone find a couple quotes from Chapters 8 and 9 that demonstrate the cultural time period in which the setting takes place?
I've done all the reading I just can't analyze and thing "cultural" about it. I need to figure out why the aspect is unique to the time period, how it is evident in the text, and why the author uses the quote. Thanks a bunch
I think that what you should be thinking about is quotes that can convey what Fitzgerald is saying about the 1920s. The 1920s were the "Jazz Age," the "Roaring '20s," when people had more leisure time and were finding new ways to spend that time. It was also a time when (for some) the shadow of WWI lingered. This combination led some to call it a "Lost Generation" where people wandered aimlessly and frivolously through their youths. You can see this here and there in Chapter 8.
For the first aspect, here's a quote:
For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes. All night the saxophones wailed the hopeless comment of the BEALE STREET BLUES. while a hundred pairs of golden and silver slippers shuffled the shining dust. At the gray tea hour there were always rooms that throbbed incessantly with this low, sweet fever, while fresh faces drifted here and there like rose petals blown by the sad horns around the floor.
Here, it seems to me that Fitzgerald is saying that the '20s are somehow empty, that the people are going around, having fun, but with no purpose.