A Review of F Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'

851 WordsFeb 3, 20183 Pages
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald created a modern masterpiece in his work The Great Gatsby, despite the novel's earl ill reception. The work is a complex piece which tries to make sense of a strange concept of modernity within a classical sense of history. In the work, Fitzgerald illustrates the importance of allusion in the creation of character building, but also as a way for Fitzgerald to stray away from previous literary techniques and create motifs and themes that were entirely his own creations. The novel is filled with allusions that attest to the characterization of Gatsby and the other characters. This is strange considering the research states that Gatsby had wanted to "free" himself of other works as a way to create his own sense of illusion within the texts (Prigozy 97). There are constant references to other classical works, but this is essentially combined with Fitzgerald's own sense of himself as living within a new modern world. What results is one of the most captivating stories of modern literature. Gatsby is one of the most interesting characters throughout the novel, and is constantly framed with allusions to other works and concepts. His entire being is strewn with allusions to classical and biblical literature. Even the characters see him as having "sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that and he must be about His Father's business," (Fitzgerald 78). He is almost
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