The Great Gatsby | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Kenneth E. Eble

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of The Great Gatsby.
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Critical Essay by Kenneth E. Eble

SOURCE: Eble, Kenneth E. “The Great Gatsby and the Great American Novel.” In New Essays on ‘The Great Gatsby,’ edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, pp. 79-100. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

In the following essay, Eble places Gatsby in the tradition of the quest for an “American” literature.

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In length, the book barely qualifies as a full-sized novel. In subject, it is about an American bootlegger who nourishes an adolescent dream about a golden girl he can't have. Its plot does little more than tell us who the protagonist is and get him killed off in the end by the down-and-out husband of the blowsy mistress of the rich brute who has married the girl whom the hero wants but can't have. Its manner of telling is...

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