The Great Gatsby | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Ronald Berman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of The Great Gatsby.
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Critical Essay by Ronald Berman

SOURCE: Berman, Ronald. “Contexts.” In The Great Gatsby and Modern Times, pp. 15-37. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

In the following essay, Berman discusses ideas current in America in the early part of the decade just before Gatsby's publication.

In “Echoes of the Jazz Age,” written in the early thirties, with a flourish Fitzgerald identified the crucial year of the preceding decade: “May one offer in exhibit the year 1922!”1 It is the turning-point year in which The Great Gatsby takes place. And in the novel he makes it a point to be specific about the dating of his story. In what particular ways does the novel use its moment? Let us look at certain ideas in circulation in the summer of 1922, and in the period around it: ideas...

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