Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“By Modernism I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression”, a remark from Dan Cruickshank, which holds true in the novel The Great Gatsby. Modernism is “marked by a strong and intentional break with tradition,” by the consumption of alcohol, women dancing alone and listening to Jazz music. (Modernism) Secondly, by the use of a first person narrator, by the “belief that the world is what we say it is.” (Modernism) Lastly, “the modernist American literature produced during the time reflects such themes of destruction and chaos.” (Elements of Modernism in American Literature) While some scholars argue that The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is not a Modernist novel, it is actually extremely Modernist because of the rejection of tradition, the use of a first person narrator and the social breakdown of the American dream. Modernism impacted literature by “radically undoing traditional forms, expressing a sense of modern life as a sharp break from the past and its rigid conventions.” (Elements of Modernism in American Literature) This statement is held true throughout the novel with many examples of traditions being broke. Firstly, the consumption of alcohol throughout the novel, which happens to be illegal. “ I was on my way to get roaring drunk...” (Fitzgerald, 42) a…

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