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Rattling Society´s Cage in The Great Gatsby: A Marxist Analysis of Character motivation in The Great Gatsby
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

The Great Gatsby är en berömd roman som först publicerades år 1926 och skrevs av F. Scott Fitzgerald. Den är väldigt kritisk till den Amerikanska drömmen, ett koncept som har blivit starkt kopplat till kapitalismen. Detta gör det lättare att analysera texten från ett Marxistiskt perspektiv trots att marxism aldrig nämns i romanen. Denna C-uppsats kommer att fokusera på vad som motiverar karaktärerna i romanen. Eftersom romanens huvudperson Jay Gatsby redan har blivit analyserad i väldigt många artiklar och uppsatser så kommer han inte analyseras i denna uppsats. Istället kommer den att fokusera på de andra framstående karaktärerna som Daisy, Tom, Myrtle, George och Nick. När deras motivationer analyseras genom ett Marxistiskt analytiskt perspektiv framkommer det väldigt tydligt att dessa karaktärer har insett att samhället de lever i inte uppfyller deras behov, och att detta kommersialiserade samhälle är orsaken för deras olycka.

Abstract [en]

The Great Gatsby is a famous novel first published in 1926, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel frequently criticizes the American dream, a concept which has become strongly linked to capitalism. As such, the text lends itself very well to Marxist theory despite not mentioning Marxism in the novel.  This C-essay will focus on what motivates the characters of this novel. Since the novels main character Jay Gatsby has been analyzed in many articles and essays he will not be analyzed in this essay. Instead it will focus on the other prominent characters such as Daisy, Tom, Myrtle, George and Nick. When their motivations are analyzed through a Marxist analytical perspective it becomes very clear that these characters have realized that society is not fulfilling their needs, and that their commercialized society is the cause of their unhappiness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 19
Keywords [en]
Gatsby, Nick, Great Gatsby, Marxist, Marxism
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General Literature Studies Specific Literatures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47885OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47885DiVA, id: diva2:1073071
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Comparative Literature
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2017-02-21 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-02-21Bibliographically approved

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