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Deconstructive Critisism on Great Gatsby

AP Lang
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Iona Kearney

on 14 December 2012

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Transcript of Deconstructive Critisism on Great Gatsby

Deconstructive Criticism of The Great Gatsby Iona and Laura Ideology A set of ideas that constitute ones goals, expectations and actions. It is also a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of a society to all members of the society. Main Theme/Ideology Details in the Text Tells us about said ideology Contradictions Main Theme/Ideology:
The Nonexistence of the American Dream Details in Text Although the characters in The Great Gatsby know that the American Dream is not an attainable way of life and can never be achieved, they still strive to achieve it in various ways. The American Dream a better life, happiness, and freedom from responsibility;
a desire for a decadent, unrealistically sweet way of life. During the novel, Nick is criticizing Tom and Daisy who party and live to achieve the American Dream but at the same time he idolizes Gatsby who symbolizes the American Dream. "They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." -Nick to Gatsby Tom criticizes what society has come to, (showing disillusionment of the American Dream) but at the same time he IS the worst part of society: hitting women, cheating, and lying. (showing that he is still trying to achieve the American Dream) Gatsby always had his house full of people so he wouldn't be lonely but in the end he was lonelier than anyone else. Daisy stated that the best her daughter could be was a pretty fool which was a satirical criticism of the world, but she was a pretty fool herself, therefore living down to expectations. "I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.'"
Throughout the book Daisy don't stand up for herself when she knows Tom is cheating. "'Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!' shouted Mrs. Wilson. 'I'll say itwhenever I want to! Daisy! Dai--'
Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand." "'...I don't see how you can live there all alone.'
'I always keep it full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things. Celebrated people.'"
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