The Great Gatsby and the Lost Generation

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BJTU’s Course Thesis for History and Anthology of American Literature The Great Gatsby and the Lost Generation | Institute: | School of Languages | | | Major: | English | | | Student: | Chen Haoxiang | | | Reg. No. | 10321004 | | | Tutor: | Dr. Zhang Junxue | | June 08, 2012 The Great Gatsby and the Lost Generation By Chen Haoxiang Abstract: The Great Gatsby is regarded as the most widely taught and widely read American literary classic. A classic is a work that continues to be read and becomes part of the equipment of educated people long after its willing or unwilling readers still know the things that the author knew. The conflicts between the old value and the new value had a great impact on…show more content…
The clinging pursueing of his dream and the spirit of devoting himself exceeds the mundane love between man and woman. In order to revive an old dream, he thrown himself in a way of illegal means to get wealth with no hesitated. He is a bootlegger. Worse, he seems to hide other more sinister secrets. But then, he showed no interest in the wealth itself and never indulged in dissipation. How to explain this? From the beginning of this novel, the relater declared that he would never appraise someone easily, but he was assured and bold with justice when cryed that:"They are a rotten crowd, you're worth the whole damn bunch put together. " to Gatsby.This is just the key point to answer why Gatsby is so great. His soul is suffering, but he never regrets. (2) Nick Carraway The narrator, Nick Carraway, begins the novel by commenting on himself: he says that he is very tolerant, and has a tendency to reserve judgment. Carraway comes from a prominent Midwestern family and graduated from Yale; therefore, he fears to be misunderstood by those who have not enjoyed the same advantages. He attempts to understand people on their own terms, rather than holding them up to his own personal standards. Fitzgerald establishes Nick Carraway as an impartial narrator; he is not, however, a passive one. Although he is inclined to reserve judgment, he is not entirely forgiving. From the novel's opening

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