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Studijní text The Great Gatsby (entire novel)

Race And Ethnicity In American History And Literature. Fitzgerald, Francis Scott: The Great Gatsby (New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995). The novel has often been interpreted as a dark critique of the negatives of the American society, of the social desintegration, loss of moral and other values. Less frequently the novel is read as a Bildungsroman, in which the main character – Nick Carraway, not Jay Gatsby – undergoes a spiritual journey. He comes to recognize that true "American" greatness lies in living out one's vision of life, in always hoping for something that is not and yet might be. Nick learns it from his interaction with Jay Gatsby, who is, however, an anti-hero. Gatsby has an enormous capacity for hope but, tragically, directs all his energy and imagination to recapture a moment in the past, a vague feeling of being "in control of his life" – when he was a true author of his actions, the captain of his life. He locates his future in his past, strives against the current of life, only never to return to the beginning when all seemed to make sense. He pays a too great a price for living too long with a single dream. The novel deals with the great American themes of frontier (physical and spiritual), self-construction, the nature of power.

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VyučujícíRobbins, David L. PhD