Welcome to Understanding "The Great Gatsby." The purpose of this guide is to give you a complete analysis of one of the most defining pieces of American literature. Each of these tabs has a different principle or concept related to the novel, and is a great tool if you plan on further researchign Fitzgerald's novel. You must not leave this guide until you have learned at least one fact about the novel that you did not know before.
The Great Gatsby
This is the table of contents for this LibGuide. These links connect to different critical studies related to "The Great Gatsby". Historical Context will give you an understanding of the time period in which the novel is set, along with the influences and culture of the era and how they were applied. Biographical criticism shows how "The Great Gatsby" is based on the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with the events in the novel that mirror Fitzgerald's life. Character studies involve the in-depth analysis of the characters in the novel from Fitzgerald experts around the world. Figurative Language delves into elements in the novel such as style and imagery. Movie Adaptations contains the movie reviews of the three adaptations of Fitzgerald's masterpiece to the screen.
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