Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Discuss the way a particular reading practise has enriched your understanding of a novel you have studied (The Great Gatsby).

Applying different types of readings to different texts often reveals more about the story than the author intended. This seems like a bad idea, however in some cases, these types of readings can be extremely useful. In particular, archetypal / mythological readings are a type of literary criticism that is shaped by cultural mythology, usually Greek mythology, considering the origins of the word archetype are Greek. With the root words being archein and typos, archein meaning ‘original or old ' and typos meaning ‘pattern, model or type ' - hence giving archetype. A perfect example of an archetypal / mythological reading being applied to a classic text is The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel is about a young man named Jay Gatsby trying to win back the love of his life, although she is married to a jealous man who has no intention of losing his wife. Archetypal characters are a huge part of any novel, and in The Great Gatsby we can see this perfectly, as most of the characters represent several different prominent Greek gods, goddesses, myths and archetypes.

Firstly, Mr Gatsby always chased being wealthy, and he did so by illegally selling and distributing alcohol and drugs during an era where it was prohibited, and from the tricks he learnt from Dan Cody, Gatsby rose to wealth and power in a very short period of time. But…

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