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Critical Essay by Janet Giltrow and David Stouck

SOURCE: Giltrow, Janet, and David Stouck. “Style as Politics in The Great Gatsby.Studies in the Novel 29, no. 4 (winter 1997): 476-90.

In the following essay, Giltrow and Stouck use discourse analysis to show that the novel's linguistic subtleties mask ideas of social conservatism.

The Great Gatsby is valued for the vividness with which it renders an historical era; perhaps more than by any other American novel written in the 1920s, we are convinced that we hear the voices of people speaking from that decade before the advent of talking motion pictures. As narrator, Nick is the medium by which those voices are heard and, as principal speaker in the text, he serves as a translator of the dreams and social ambitions of the people who surround him. But the dilemma for readers of the...

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