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What Did Gatsby's America Look Like?

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Language Arts And English Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

Select up to five artifacts that best reflect the setting of the novel. Justify your selections by considering the information provided for each artifact. You can access the information once you select an image and press the lowercase i tab on the left.


Consider how the information from the Smithsonian Learning Lab compares to Fitzgerald's use of setting  throughout The Great Gatsby.

Reminder about setting: five key components that establish the setting:

1: time [moment/hour/morning/evening/season],

2: era, 

3. place {village/city/country], 

4: location{inside a house, at a park, on a front lawn}, 

5: occupation (of protagonist, antagonist especially)

Chick Webb and His Orchestra

National Portrait Gallery

[Dancing] [postcard]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Rustic Dance

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ceremonial Dance

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tontine Building, Wall Street, N.Y., 1797

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Buy a Poppy

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Brooklyn Bridge, Dawn

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Two Artists Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Beauty contest on Long Island

Archives of American Art

Coney Island

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Night in New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum