The Great Gatsby: Debunked

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 […]

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Leisure Class vs. Hipster Culture

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 […]

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Pretty Little Liar

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 […]

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