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The Great Gatsby

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August Muller

on 13 April 2016

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Why is The Great Gatsby Banned?
The Great Gatsby
is considered a challenged book in only one school library. According to the American Library Association,
'The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, SC (1987) because of "language and sexual references in the book."'

In other words, The Great Gatsby is not considered a "banned" book, just a "challenged" book.
Dialectical Journal 1
"Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once...It's more that he was a German spy during the war...It couldn't be that because he was in the American army during the war...You look at him sometime when he thinks nobody's looking. I'll bet he killed a man." Page 48
Read, Analyze, Evaluate
This is just one of the MANY explanations for Gatsby. Many people can't tell if he actually exists, or if he is many people. Here, the people speculate he's a murderer. Although we don't know if he is truly a murderer, we do know he was a soldier in WWI.
Dialectical Journal 4
"She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth opened a little and he looked at Gatsby and then back at Daisy as if he has just recognized her as someone he knew a long time ago."
Dialectical Journal 3
Gatsby had asked the love of his life to tea, through Nick. Gatsby attempted to show up to Nick's house and appear to be calm and constructed, as he always is. It was quite obvious to Nick that Jay Gatsby was nervous. The bags under his eyes and the paleness of his skin showed Nick that this man, as amazing as he was, was not actually perfect.
Dialectical Journal 3
"An hour later the front door opened nervously and Gatsby in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold colored tie hurried in. He was pale and there were dark signs of sleeplessness beneath his eyes."
"I'll tell you God's truth...I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west- all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years.'
...I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was lying. he hurried the phrase 'educated at Oxford'...
'What part of the middle-west?' I inquired casually. 'San Francisco.'"
Banned Book
A book receives the title of "banned" or "challenged" when a reader finds what they perceive to be "explicit" material, and files a complaint with specific examples of the explicit literature and reasons for the complaint. At this point, the library/school board will review the complaint and make a decision. Upon the decision, the book will be either removed or left on the shelves.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dialectical Journal 2
Dialectical Journal 2
Here, Gatsby is telling Nick about his life. There are inconsistencies after inconsistencies with Gatsby's explanation. Nick realizes this, but can't understand why. He now realizes that Ms. Baker was right. He lies about his life. But the question remains, "Why?"
Dialectical Journal 4
Daisy just admitted, in front of her husband, Tom, that she loved Gatsby. As happy as Gatsby must have been, it must have made Tom furious (which it did), and Nick very uncomfortable (which it did.) It was at this moment that Tom realized that he was no longer in control. He instantly distanced himself from her; so much so that she was just someone he used to know.
Dialectical Journal 5
"'Self control!' repeated Tom incredulously. 'I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife.'"

Dialectical Journal 5
Tom has, instead of putting the blame of this entire situation, blamed it on Daisy. He then, almost calls himself out, by saying the latest thing is to let a stranger make love to his wife. It must be some sort of new "fad." Tom actually makes love to another man's wife multiple times. Enough so, that it's normal. This is what some call karma, and others irony. I'm prone to call it a bit of both.
The Great Gatsby Conclusion
The Great Gatsby is the seminal work from F. Scott Fitzgerald about a young man, Nick Carraway, who happens to move in across the water from his cousin, Daisy. Nick's neighbor is Gatsby, a rich man who is in love with Daisy. The entire story is richly told and every page is said to live and breathe in itself. Fitzgerald wrote this book with such passion and purpose that these characters and the story are hard to believe that they are fictitious.
Although some critics may believe that the explicit material in this book should disqualify it's existence in school curriculum, the positive literature aspects of the literature definitely out-weigh the passages under question. The only system I could find that challenged this book was a religious college, and religious institutions are often very opposed to sexual and vulgar language. This book definitely deals with a real side of humanity, especially in "Jazz Age", or the Roaring Twenties. I believe that this book should stay in curriculums across America to be studied by students and lovers of classic literature.
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