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Final Exam study Guide - Intro to the Novel ENGL 241 Study...

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Intro to the Novel ENGL 241 Study Guide Overview of the Novel: The role of reading/ communicating is changing Novels less popular (Except Harry Potter) Letter less common Serial Fiction (1836) – Books came out in cheap pamphlet from invented by Charles Dickens. Significance: People became more critical readers May have lead to what we know as the Great Victorian Empire because people became curious and intelligent. Famous tagline “Is Nell dead?” The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920’s) American Cornerstones 1. Freedom 2. Independence 3. Money (3rd ‘unofficial’ cornerstone of America) The Great Gatsby is a novel about the reality of money . Novel takes place in a time in history where money came to people who didn’t usually have it. Pg. 8 : Introduces the reader to the lavish life of money: “The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed on it as thought upon an anchored balloon… [She] was extended at full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless, and with her chin raised a little …” – Daisy sits around and “looks pretty” all day. -Also Tom races horse and Jordan plays golf: both activities of a life of leisure Pg. 8: Window to the world of the rich “The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that seemed to grow a little way into the house. A Breeze blew through to room, blew curtains at one end, and out the other like pale flags twisting them up towards the frosted wedding cake of the ceiling…” -Everything is described as sort of “floating”, but after the window is closed everything returns to the ground and remains unmoving. Because of the shift after the window is shut, it shows nothing is really that stable in the culture of the wealthy socialites. Pg 92-93: Gatsby and the green light “ ‘If it wasn’t for that mist we could see your home across the bay’ said Gatsby. ‘You always ad a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock’. Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the distance that had separated him form daisy it had seemed very near to her…Now it as again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.”
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Gatsby bought a house at across form Daisy so he could be close to her. The actual embodiment of this obsession is the green light, which he stares at every night The irony in the green light however is that once he actually has Daisy, he is still mesmerized by the light which is the idea of her not her actual self. – this represents that daisy has not live up to the illusion of her & that
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