Reading about eugenics this week reminded me of this scene from The Great Gatsby. 1 I have included a shortened version of this scene from the book, published in 1925, below: “Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read ‘The Rise of the […]Read more "Eugenics, Class, and The Great Gatsby"
I can’t get into the habit of reading e-books. In fact, I can only read so much from a computer screen before I’m searching for the nearest print button. The idea of carrying books on an electronic device that weighs no more than two pounds and takes up less space than the latest edition of […]Read more "The Great Gatsby: What a Great Book(Cover)"
Jay Gatsby is the great and mysterious driving force behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel, The Great Gatsby. That’s a lot of “greats” for one guy. What really makes Gatsby so great? And is his greatness real or is it just a euphemism for the American dream gone wrong? At first glance Gatsby would […]Read more "The Great Gatsby: Debunked"
I have to admit, while reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the character of Myrtle Wilson made my stomach turn a bit. Although I saw the 1974 film adaptation of the book a few years ago, the most memorable scenes for me included Myrtle. In the film and the novel, she can be seen […]Read more "Myrtle Wilson: For Love or Money"
No other homes represent the wealth of the white upper classes from the end of the 19th century better then the historic homes of the Preservation Society of Newport. These homes are huge, beautiful and ostentatious. Features that I came to realize symbolized the nouveau rich discussed in Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class […]Read more "Leisure Class vs. Hipster Culture"
I’ve always loved Daisy Buchanan, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most well-known female character. As a teenager reading The Great Gatsby for the first time, I rooted for the forbidden pairing of Gatsby and Daisy, or Gatisy, as a true “shipper” would call them. Daisy’s charisma, confidence, and beauty captivated me and, like Gatsby, I easily forgave […]Read more "Pretty Little Liar"