Lesson 1
Thematic Divergence Between Nick And Gatsby
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Dimock, Wai Chee. AMST 246: HEMINGWAY, FITZGERALD, FAULKNER, Fall 2011. Open Yale Courses, http://oyc.yale.edu/american-studies/amst-246/lecture-5 Accessed 15/09/2014 License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of The Great Gatsby by evaluating the cross-mapping of the auditory and visual fields in the novel’s main pairs of characters. Beginning with an analysis of the Jazz Age, she argues that linkages between what is heard and what is seen have important implications for the overarching themes of The Great Gatsby, including notions of accountability, responsibility, illusion, and disillusion. She focuses on the linked characters of Daisy and Jordan Baker, Gatsby and Nick Carraway, to show how their convergences and divergences tell the entire store of Gatsby’s decline and fall.


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