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A Rip-Roaring Time..?

August 6, 2013
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Rip-roaring – definition: boisterously wild and exciting

The first thing that came to my mind was the twenties, with the outrageous indulgences of the wealthy. The strangest thing, was the fashion of wearing dresses with no shape to them but masses of long necklaces and fringes. It was as though every female became androgynous with their shape and relied on adornments to feminize themselves.

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The most identifiable movie for this period is, of course, The Great Gatsby. I have watched the original but as yet not the newer version. When we compare the two main characters, there is a resemblance between each movie. Have you seen the newer version – what were your thoughts?

The Great Gatsby

Leonardo di Caprio and Carey Mullligan in a still from The Great Gatsby

In reality the 1920’s were a time of change in America. “The Roaring Twenties”  impacted the economy, social standards and everyday life. Industry production of consumer goods was up 60% thus affecting American families, with higher wages and shorter working hours. However, the down side was adversity and opposition against immigrants and farmers. Immigrants were not treated fairly by Americans, depending on where they came from and what they believed, making finding employment difficult. Because the price of food kept reducing, farmers were paid very little. Added to that was the worry of the Dust Bowl, making a two tier system.

When researching periods for our projects these type of details are vital, enabling us to reflect the time period correctly.

Have you written about a particular period?

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5 Comments

  1. I loved the Redford version of the film. Liked the book better. But I have the collected works of Fitzgerald and haven’t touched anything else in it. Hi ho.

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  2. This is an interesting piece of research, Mandy. My only familiarity with that period of time is what I’ve seen in the movies or read in the books. But now I’m realizing it’s just a facet. There’s so much under the surface, like you’ve said.

    ound you through facebook’s Fantasy Writers group. I hope you’re planning to update your blog this year, because your posts sound fun in a tongue-in-cheek way.

    Anyway, I’m here to pass on the Super Sweet Blog Award to you. Here’s the link to get you started on your own post where you can pass on the award to other bloggers: http://www.swatichavda.com/2013/08/catching-up-blog-awards-and-other-things.html

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