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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Literary Criticism on Author's Writing:
Intellectual America: Ideas on the March
The Eye of Dr.Eckleburg: A Reexamination of 'The Great Gatsby'
After a young man named Nick Carraway fails as a writer, he moves to New York to partake in the bond business. He settles in a small cot along the West Egg. One day, Nick travels to the East Egg to visit his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband Tom Buchanan. There he meets Jordan Baker, a famous golf player; she then tells Nick about Tom's "secret" lover Myrtle. Tom takes Nick to New York and finally meets Myrtle. Nick comes home to an invitation to one of Gatsby's famous parties. At the party he sees Jordan Baker and they both meet the mysterious Gatsby. Nick learns of Gatsby's and Daisy's romantic past. Gatsby has Nick invite Daisy over for tea so he can finally reunite with her after all these years. After an initially awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy reestablish their connection. Their love rekindled, they begin an affair.
July 24, 1900 - March 10, 1948
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940
Tom gets suspicious of Gatsby's and Daisy's relationship. Filled with anger, Tom reveals that Gatsby is nothing more than an immoral scandalous con artist. Daisy, painfully struck by the news, drives off in Gatsby's car. Myrtle, thinking it was Tom driving, jumps in front of the car and gets run over. Tom later arrives and tells Myrtle's husband that Gatsby was the one who ran his wife over. Seeking vengeance, Myrtle's husband pays Gatsby a visit; he murders Gatsby in cold blood and commits suicide. Upon hearing the tragic news, Daisy and Tom act like a banana and split. Nick finds himself alone with nobody at his side. He moves back to the Midwest leaving behind the lifestyle he once lived.
Francis (Scottie) Fitzgerald
October 26, 1921 – June 18, 1986
Murray, Douglas. ""Not so Great Gatsby: The Cult around Fitzgerald's Most Overrated Work Feeds the Illusions of Upper Crust Americans"" Editorial. Spectator 11 May 2013: n. pag. General OneFile [Gale]. Web. 7 May 2015. <http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE|A329366784&v=2.1&u=j109904&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w&asid=4d4fed239aae8208e72671cf05abccc3>.
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Bryfonski, Dedria, and Phyllis Carmel Mendleson. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Work of Novelist, Poets, Play Writes, Short Story Writers, and Other Creative Writers 1900-1960. Vol. 14. Detroit, Michogan: GALE, 1978. Print.
Poupard, Dennis, and James E. Person. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Work of Novelist, Poets, Play Writes, Short Story Writers, and Other Creative Writers 1900-1960. Vol. 6. Detroit, Michogan: GALE, 1984. Print.
The Great Gatsby
is and always will be an American Classic. However, just because it's a classic does not mean it's perfect. Two things bothered us as we read
The Great Gatsby
. (1)The characters lacked development and (2)There was an excessive amount of symbolism.
The characters weren't exactly disliked but they weren't liked either. They showed little emotion and hardly had personality. It was as if the characters themselves were symbols. Symbolism was seen everywhere from the white dress Daisy wore to the eyes of Doctor TJ Eckleburg. All the effort Fitzgerald put towards creating symbols could have been put towards creating memorable characters.
The Great Gatsby
there’s the famous green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. Nick Carraway describes it as, “The orgastic future that year by year recedes before us”. The green light symbolizes both Jay Gatsby’s struggle to get Daisy back and the American dream. Gatsby can’t escape the desire to recreate his affair with Daisy and struggles to turn his dreams into reality. The American dream to us, is starting from nothing and overcoming obstacles in order to get to the top. We spend our lives in pursuit of a dream that's so close but always just out of reach. While Gatsby never loses his optimism, “Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morning ——so we beat on, boats against the current”.
Adriana Hernandez & Ingnacio Carmona
Not-so-great Gatsby: The cult around Fitzgerald's most overrated work feeds the illusions of upper-crust Americans
"You do not have to have read the book or even seen a film adaptation to feel a thrill at the word 'Gatsby'. The Golden Age of Jazz, Cocktails and evening dress."
The Great Gatsby
is a great book, just not the masterpiece it is remembered to be. The climax is a car accident where Tom's mistress hysterically runs out onto the highway at the exact moment Daisy and Gatsby speed by killing her on the spot. From then on, it's mostly death, including the famous Jay Gatsby.
“Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born into a wealthy family in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1877. Francis is named after the famous author of "The Star Spangled Banner". In 1909, F. Scott Fitzgerald published his first story in the St. Paul Academy school newspaper. He enrolled in Princeton University in 1913, and attended until 1917 when he left to join the military. In 1920, Fitzgerald published his debut novel, "This side of Paradise" the same year he and Zelda Sayre were married. A year later their daughter Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul. "The Great Gatsby" was published in 1925 and was "immediately considered a masterpiece". In 1940 while working in Hollywood on his final novel, "The Last Tycoon", F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack. Eight years later, Zelda would die in a hospital fire.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was an exceptional writer. Few could do what does. When he writes, it's not only a reflection of himself but of the world around him. This gift led to his success. "It is the reason the force of his best work always transcends its subject matter."