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3: Just who is the main character, anyway?

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
Famous for: Wild parties, loads of cocktails, the green light at the end of the dock, a hit-and-run that ends it all.

A novel is a story about someone. Someone who begins as one kind of person and, through the story, becomes another kind of person. In The Great Gatsby, that “someone” isn’t really a “someone.” It’s a decade, an era. The glittering 1920s. Those “roaring twenties” don’t exactly “change” through the course of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s harrowing tale. But they do look a lot uglier at the end of the story than they did at the beginning.

 

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