Essay about Analysis Of ' The Great Gatsby ' By Antonio Gramsci

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Modernist writing is heavily influenced by the process of industrialization and the implications it had on the traditional lives of Americans. Modernism is therefore, a rejection of tradition and a hostile attitude towards the past. The combination of the 19th amendment and new attitudes towards the expressive arts, the modernists used personal narrations and abstract characters to express their own ideological views and personal struggles. Moreover, the characteristics of modernist narratives are littered throughout with an emphasis on symbolisms, the distorted perception of time, a subjective narrator and paralleled connections between how the narrative is read and the connections drawn to the socio-economic climate of the period. Further, the understanding of ‘narrative’ used in this essay comes from Antonio Gramsci who argued that, “narrative is the main form of cultural production to embody normality and to establish or maintain hegemony, the dominance of a particular group in society.” Using Gramsci’s definition and others, I will attempt to deconstruct the embedded codes within The Great Gatsby for close critical analysis.

The core of the issue is concerned with how the narrative is told. There is a distinction between the story; which is concerned with the chronological telling of events, and the narrative which is how the story is presented to the reader. The novel cannot be explained to perfection because the novel relies on the readers’ ideological viewpoint to…

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