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The Great Gatsby (Penguin Critical Studies Guide)

The Great Gatsby (Penguin Critical Studies Guide)
Author: Kathleen Parkinson
ISBN 13: 9780140771978
ISBN 10: 140771972
Edition: Stg
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
List Price: $9.95

Kathleen Parkinson places this brilliant and bitter satire on the moral failure of the Jazz Age firmly in the context of Scott Fitzgerald's life and times. She explores the intricate patterns of the novel, its chronology, locations, imagery and use of colour, and how these contribute to a seamless interplay of social comedy and symbolic landscape. She devotes a perceptive chapter to Fitzgerald's controversial portrayal of women and goes on to discuss how the central characters, Gatsby and Nick Carraway, embody and confront the dualism inherent in the American dream.