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Course Description

Why do so many critics consider "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald one of the greatest—if not the greatest—American novel? We will attempt to answer this question through a close reading of the book, delving into no more than two of its nine chapters per week. "Gatsby" is short and an easy read, which probably explains why it is taught in so many high schools. However, a careful study of it reveals unexpected treasures. Stylistically, it is an incredibly well-crafted work. Filled with subtleties and ambiguities, it also invites a significant discussion of just what is meant by the American dream, and how prescient Fitzgerald was. Students will be expected to have read the entire novel before the course begins, so we can concentrate from day one on its overall structure and such devices as foreshadowing. | Facilitated discussion.
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