Winds of Change

‘As if depicting a before and after portrait of the United States, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ provide a vivid picture of the affluence of the Roaring Twenties and subsequent collapse into the poverty of the Depression. Indeed, in ‘The Great Gatsy’ (1925), Fitzgerald provides an incisive look at Jazz Age America and at the rich and aspiring rich who attempt to achieve the American Dream in the wake of WWI, while Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ (1939) concerns itself with those who were displaced and dispossessed as a result of the financial and natural disasters – the winds of change – that blew through the duster-ravaged Depression. Participants in this class can expect to develop an appreciation of each author’s style and thematic concerns, including such relevant, contemporary topics as the pursuit of wealth, racism, classism, societal and cultural codes, gender and ethical behavior while also seeing how studying these texts in tandem can provide a window into this significant era in United Staes history. The books are available through the registration form: ‘The Great Gatsby’ ($15); ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ ($15).


Feb 26 2024


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Maggie Seligman
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