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Modernism in The Great Gatsby

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Joo Hyun Lee

on 12 April 2013

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Transcript of Modernism in The Great Gatsby

Modernism in
The Great Gatsby Alexiz, Sewon, Haley what is modernism? Modernism in The Great Gatsby The first truly modernist novel that found success
Left Victorian style behind
jazz age About The Great Gastby In 1920s
consider rationality
criticize church's authority modernism
in Literature origins of modern literature changing ideas about reality
Developed by Darwin, Mach, Freud, Einstein, Nietzsche, Bergson and etc.
developed innovative literary techniques Features Formal/stylistic characteristics
use impressionism
omniscient narration
fragmented plot structures examples of modernist literature Thematic characteristics
oppose social concept
reject history, social systems
emphasize alienation in modern urban narration lack of morals & faith in god loss of American dream Characters modern techniques “Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” (59) “…I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands. Beauty and the Beast...Loneliness…”(39) impressionism social criticism “(Dr.Eckleburg’s) eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, broodon over the solemn dumping ground.” (26) Dr.Eckleburg's eyes=God
Immoral people in the party “this is a valley of ashes....”(26) "I went up to New York with Tom on the train..."(27) “I watched his quests diving from…………..while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the sound,…….”(41) "On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus..."(41) “...he had just bought a hydroplane, and was going to try it out in the morning.”(48) East Egg & West Egg
descriptions of New York “this is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat….; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, or ash-grey men”(26) shows criticism by its characters
parody of 1920s American urban life Nick Carraway
World War I veteran
a bond salesman
Jay Gatsby
Tom Buchanan
George Wilson
mechanic “In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before.” (74) Thank you!
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