According To Salman Rushdie, An Award Winning British Indian

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According to Salman Rushdie, an award winning British Indian novelist, “The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.” Good literature often strives to evoke various responses from and connect with the reader through character emotions, which allows the interaction between one self and characters to become profound and meaningful. This enables the reader to bond with and relate to characters on an emotional, moral and ethical level. The various themes that enrich great works of literature are known to stand the test of time due to their universal appeal and ability to transcend time…show more content…
These works are a reflection of the past, an accumulation of the attitudes, values and beliefs of the times in which they were created. The Great Gatsby can be considered a ‘modern’ literary classic as it was written post Word War 1, which shifted the foundations of all societies and way the world sees itself in irreversible ways. Clearly, The Great Gatsby devours much of the hallmarks of a modern classic text.

The Great Gatsby, a novel written in 1925, offers readers a deep insight into the glamorous Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties that has been described by many in contemporary society as chilling fiction, rather than the American Dream. This piece of literature is artistic, suggestive, timeless, and certainly merits long lasting recognition; however, it can be argued that it is yet to become a literary classic as it falls short in one criteria: it has not stood the required test of time due to it being published in the recent past. With almost 92 years of readership, five fascinating film versions over the years, and being one of the core units studied in numerous schools due to its relevance, it is highly unarguable that this piece has not stood the requisite test of time.

Despite being classified a young novel by many, The Great Gatsby inherits many other hallmarks of a classic. It is literature drowned in artistic elements that each have a unique aesthetic appeal, primarily expressing the representation of life, truth and beauty through Fitzgerald’s
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