An Annotated Critical Bibliography of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gastby
Pauly, Thomas H. Gatsby as Gangster. Studies in American Fiction, vol. 21 no.
Thomas H. Pauly, after an evidently thorough examination of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is convinced that Jay Gatsby, the mysterious figure upon whom the novel fixates, is a sinister character and a mastermind regarding illegal activities. Despite Gatsby’s charming attitude and contrary claims, Pauly believes that “Gastby is a businessman…whose business is crime—and this means whatever illegal enterprise comes to hand. Today he would be dealing in narcotics and selling arms to terrorists (46).” Throughout his essay, Pauly provides examples to promote
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“Old Grocery Horse,” in Doyno’s opinion, refers to the difference between Gatsby and Tom; Tom has “old” money, while Gatsby does not (165). At one point in the novel, Tom scoffs at Gatsby’s financial inferiority when he first met Daisy through his comment, “I’ll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the groceries to the back door (138).” As for the title “Brook’n Bridge,” it is mentioned after Tom breaks Myrtle’s nose, and Doyno considers it to be a pun. While these speculations are interesting, they do nothing to prove Doyno’s point, and are, in fact, highly irrelevant. Doyno states that there are patterns, also, in the settings and social groupings throughout the beginning of the novel (161). In the first chapter, Nick attends dinner at the Buchanan household; in the second, he witnesses a violent argument at Myrtle and Tom’s apartment; third, he attends a party at Gatsby’s mansion. In this statement, Doyno fails to show any pattern; the fact that Nick attended many social gatherings does not reveal any kind of intricate pattern.
Another obvious pattern that Doyno