Essay on Summary : ' The Great Gatsby '

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NAME : CRYSTAL MORGAN
ID # : 620068655
TUTORIAL TIME : TUESDAY 9-10 AM
TUTOR’S NAME : DR. MICHAEL BUCKNOR
COURSE CODE : LITS 2301/E 23A
COURSE NAME : KEY ISSUES IN LITERARY CRITICISM
ASSIGNMENT : COURSE WORK #1
DUE : 18th SEPTEMBER, 2014
STATEMENT : #3

While their financial lifestyles were misguidedly extravagant, it is not only emotional ruin that these characters faced. The Great Gatsby also explores the concepts of economic, social, psychological and physical ruin, the last of which is echoed in the physical death of characters and the despondent house that Gatsby left behind. It can even be argued that characters face a moral death – for example Nick, in the first chapter, admits to cutting off his listening ear, and Tom had little qualms pointing Gatsby’s executioner to him, or spiriting himself and his wife away from the entire situation. Through exploration of themes such as crime and wealth, with use of various motifs and symbols, especially with the women conceptualizing wealth to be attained, the romanticized ideal is overthrown.

Anderson argues that the novel focuses only on characterization, particularly the unhealthy, obsessive fascination said characters hold towards the idea of money. He describes it as ‘the romance of money’, alluding to the great Homeric epics and Medieval romances. This strongly implies that the idealization of money is a widespread and embellished myth, a lie that…

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