ISBN 9780140771978,Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby






Pengiun Books



Pengiun Books

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9780140771978

ISBN-10 0140771972


Number of Pages 144 Pages
Language (English)
Kathleen Parkinson places this brilliant and bitter satire on the moral failure of the jazz age firmly in the context of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and times. She explores the intricate patterns of the novel, its chronology, locations, imagery and use of colour, and how these contribute to a seamless interplay of social comedy and symbolic landscape. She devotes a perceptive chapter to F. Scott Fitzgerald's controversial portrayal of women and goes on to discuss how the central characters, Gatsby and Nick Carraway, embody and confront the dualism inherent in the American Dream. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. The Great Gatsby: A Novel of the 1920s The Jazz Age: 'It was borrowed time anyhow' New York The post-war mood The post-war voice 2. A Novel of Intricate Patterns The organization of The Great Gatsby Time The chronology of events preceding 1922 in The Great Gatsby The summer of 1922: events in the main narrative 1923-4: after the main narrative A summary of events The selective use of time as a narrative device The relationship between the four locations of action West Egg East Egg New York The valley of ashes Patterns of imagery Death and ghosts Cars Imagery of nature: Flowers Birds Moonlight The golden sun Colour Eyes Clocks The Sea 3. Alernative Worlds The Buchanans' glittering white palace Daisy's home in Louisville, Kentucky: the 'white palace' of the 'golden girl' Gatsby's house Gatsby's first party in early summer The history of Gatsby's house 'Silence had fallen within the house' Gatsby's last party The swimming pool 'It was a photograph of the house' 'A huge incoherent failure of a house' Plaza Suite The flat on 158th Street Wilson's garage Conclusion 4. The Women Characters Emancipated women Myrtle Wilson Jordan Baker Daisy Fay/Buchanan The woman in white 5. Gatsby and Nick Carraway Corrective vision Jimmy Gatz/James Gatz/Jay Gatsby/'Mr. Nobody from Nowhere' An isolated figure A mysterious and ambivalent figure Faithful lover and wealthy parvenu Gatsby's past Gatsby and time The nature of Gatsby's dream The destruction of Gatsby's dream Gatsby as victim Nick Carraway Nick's 'journey' of discovery Nick's role as observer and judge Nick as active participator Conclusion Nick Carraway and Scott Fitzgerald, writers of 'this book' 6. America: History and Myth The title of the novel Myth as history The heirs of Dan Cody: Meyer Wolfshiem and Tom Buchanan Symbolic landscapes: Midwest and East coast Notes Selected reading

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