The Great Gatsby | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Caren J. Town

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of The Great Gatsby.
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Critical Essay by Caren J. Town

SOURCE: Town, Caren J. “‘Uncommunicable Forever’: Nick's Dilemma in The Great Gatsby.Texas Studies in Literature and Language 31, no. 4 (winter 1989): 497-513.

In the following essay, Town deconstructs the language used by Gatsby narrator Nick Carraway, noting disconnections between what he says and what he actually means.

From the petal's edge a line starts that being of steel infinitely fine, infinitely rigid penetrates the Milky Way without contact—lifting from it—neither hanging nor pushing— 

—William Carlos Williams, from “The Rose”

During their first meeting in The Great Gatsby, Daisy Fay Buchanan playfully calls her cousin (and the novel's narrator) Nick Carraway “an absolute rose.” He responds:

This was untrue. I am not even faintly like a rose...

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