The great gatsby literary essays

Parents need to know that THE GREAT GATSBY is at once a romantic and cynical novel about the wealth and habits of a group of New Yorkers during the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald's writing is unassailably magnificent, as he paints a grim portrait of shallow characters who maneuver themselves into complex situations. This classic American novel is required reading for a lot of high school students, and it can definitely be appreciated and understood on some levels by teenagers. However, Fitzgerald's use of language and symbolism is best appreciated by mature readers able to analyze literature and think critically. Parents also need to know that some characters express racial and religious prejudice.

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The novel is also famous as a description of the "Jazz Age," a phrase which Fitzgerald himself coined. After the shock of moving from a policy of isolationism to involvement in World War I, America prospered in what are termed the "Roaring Twenties." The Eighteenth Amendment to the American Constitution, passed in 1919, prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol in America. "Prohibition" made millionaires out of bootleggers like Gatsby and owners of underground salons, called "speakeasies." Fitzgerald glamorizes the noveau riche of this period to a certain extent in his Jazz Age novel. He describes their beautiful clothing and lavish parties with great attention to detail and wonderful use of color. However, the author was uncomfortable with the excesses of the period, and his novel sounds many warning notes against excessive love of money and material success.

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  • When the Rich-Poor Gap Widens, "Gatsby" Becomes a Guidebook
    Business article on how "Gatsby" illustrates the gap between rich and poor.
  • Class and the American Dream
    Editorial on socio-economic disparities in the . population.
  • In Fiction, a Long History of Fixation on the Social Gap
    Article on the representation of socio-economic class in popular culture and fiction, including "Gatsby."
  • It Didn't End Well Last Time
    Editorial comparing the wealth disparities of the Roaring Twenties and the early part of the 21st century.
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