10-23-06 - The Great Gatsby 1 The Great Gatsby the genteel...

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10-23-06 The Great Gatsby 1) The Great Gatsby: the genteel hero reimagined a) Background i) From upper class ii) raised catholic-not deep iii) described Princeton as a privledged country club, he was an alcoholic in college, was ambitious about literay ability iv) idea of genteel hero (1) sacrifices himself for something, never questions his society, most stories involve him getting the girl, always succeeds in the end (2) aware that there is something missing from genteel hero, (3) he first challenges the genteel hero by writing about the genteel heroine, “the new woman”, acting out a new persona, short hair cut, challenging the separate sphere, celebrates the woman’s mew image v) WWI (a) forces the question of whether you are there or not for American values (b) celebration of youth culture-Bourne, fictional portraits of what it means-Fitzgerald (c) reaction against the patriotism of the war vi) Zelda-his wife, his early work (1) He needs to prove that he can make money, writes a ton of short story (2) 1919-his first novel, “”This side of paradise” (a) he then proposes to her, she accepts, he resents that the money was what got him married to her and not who he is (b) controversial for use of new image for women, i.e. sexual freedom, (c) becomes voice of the youth
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