A Contemporary Review of "The Great Gatsby" Analytical Essay

A Contemporary Review of "The Great Gatsby"
This paper analyzes the merit and shortcomings of Gilbert Seldes's 1925 review of F. Scott Ftizgerald's "The Great Gatsby."
# 117531 | 1,194 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the positive and negative aspects of Gilbert Seldes's review of "The Great Gatsby". The paper examines how Seldes argues that The Great Gatsby is proof that Fitzgerald has come into his own as a writer. The paper offers insights into Fitzgerald's intricate use of flashbacks as well as his technical precision when creating his literary scenes.

From the Paper:

"Despite everything that Seldes does well in his review, he falls quite short in his analysis of Fitzgerald's narrator, Nick Carraway. His review argues that Carraway has little personality and character. Seldes states, "the author's appetite for life is so violent that he found the personality of the narrator an obstacle, and simply ignored it" (30). I could not disagree more. Nick Carraway is certainly not the most passionate of the characters in the novel, but to say he lacks personality is simply a thorough misread of the work. As early as Nick's first encounter with Daisy, Tom, and Jordan we are shown his sarcastic inclination. When Daisy asks if anyone in Chicago (her former place of residence) misses her, Nick replies, "the whole town is desolate."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004.
  • Tredell, Nicolas, ed. F. Scott Fitzgerald : The Great Gatsby: Essays, Articles, Reviews. New York: Columbia UP, 1999. 28-31.

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