The Great Gatsby | Critical Essay by Robert Seguin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of The Great Gatsby.
This section contains 9,073 words
(approx. 31 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Robert Seguin

Critical Essay by Robert Seguin

SOURCE: Seguin, Robert. “Ressentiment and the Social Poetics of The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald Reads Cather.” Modern Fiction Studies 46, no. 4 (winter 2000): 917-40.

In the following essay, Seguin uses the theme of “ressentiment” (loosely, the envy of the lower toward the upper classes) to explore Fitzgerald's social sensibilities in Gatsby, also noting similarities between Fitzgerald's novel and Willa Cather's A Lost Lady.

Following his bout of emotional exhaustion in the mid-1930s, F. Scott Fitzgerald came to describe what he called his “crack-up” in more than strictly personal terms. In his meditation on his depression, the crack-up expands outward in waves from Fitzgerald as individual, encompassing disparate social and cultural materials and achieving a certain allegorical intensity. At one point, the shape of Fitzgerald's psyche becomes expressive of the very...

(read more)

This section contains 9,073 words
(approx. 31 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Robert Seguin
Follow Us on Facebook