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Post-Colonial View of The Great Gatsby

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Simranjeet Mann

on 10 September 2014

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Transcript of Post-Colonial View of The Great Gatsby

Post-Colonial View of The Great Gatsby
Post Colonialism: 'of,relating to, or being the time following the establishment of independence in a colony'
Setting and Post-Colonialism
divide between West Egg and East Egg
East Egg look down on Gatsby- human instinct to seek flaws in others
Valley of the Ashes- place where the outcasts colonise
'As we crossed Blackwell’s Island a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish Negroes, two bucks and a girl. I laughed aloud as the yolks of their eyeballs rolled toward us in haughty rivalry.'
Tom Buchanan
Tom immediately points out the difference in race while referring to the book 'The Rise of the Colored Empires.', where he felt the his race were most superior
'It's is up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.'
Tom finds it difficult to see white and black people married to one another- he seems to represent the vicious racial views of people at the time in 1920s America.
Gatsby's associate is described with remarks which seem to originate from him being a Jew.
Nick introduces him as a 'small, flat-nosed Jew with a large head.'
He is also involved in distasteful jobs i.e. match fixing, gambling, black money.'
In the movie, Wolfsheim is played by an Indian, perhaps to avoid controversy in the modern audience.
Fitzgerald also points out Wolfsheim's pronunciation with 'Oggsford and 'gonegtion'
Nick carraway
He always mentions a person's ethnicity when introducing them
Nick's father alludes in opening lines how not everyone would have had the same advantages as he had in life, suggesting that in 1920s, people not independent and already tied by stereotypes.
Nick is the only person to use the term 'Negro'
Nick states that he is 'reserved from all judgements' but he goes against this, which Jordan points out near the end of the novel.
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