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Released in 1925, The Great Gatsby is place in nyc and Long Island during the Prohibition era (remember, the Prohibition era was a time where alcohol was prohibited, however old you had been -- yowsa). Flappers? It has got them. Parties? You bet? Cool cars? Absolutely--but more on this in a moment. The issue is, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald did not see the Jazz Age as all about fashionable music and sparkly clothes. He associated the whole period with materialism ("I need things! A Great Deal of......Read More
Welcome to Thebes, Shmoopers. The population of this town is pretty thickly doomed--when they're not sleeping with their own mothers (lookin' at you, Oedipus) or acting all high and mighty and assuming that their legislation is far better than the gods' (cough, Creon, cough cough), they're burying their brother when devoting their brother is forbidden--c'mon, Antigone; we've been over this. Antigone is the third volume in what is maybe the most messed up Greek tragic trilogy of all time:......Read More
Envision a super-constrictive time in history. Think appropriate social etiquette. Think mass hysteria which makes whole communities funny and paranoid. If, on the other hand, the very first image that popped into your head was of Salem's Anne Hale--bingo, you're 100% correct. This play is a comment on the claustrophobic Puritanical-code-of-conduct-fear-of-witches nonsense of Massachusetts from the 17th centuryand a comment on the claustrophobic, girdles-white-picket-fences-fear-of-Communists......Read More
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