Literary Language In The Great Gatsby

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The novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925, it is one of the best known classics of literature in the world, and is considered to be the Great American Novel and it is also one of the most radical books in the American canon a story of love and dream, the pain of unfulfilled dream, greed, corruption, money, ambition, revenge and lies in the period that is sometimes called the Roaring 20s or the Jazz Age. The attempt to capture the American Dream is the central of this novel. The outstanding characters of this novel lie, cheat and steal. Gatsby himself was dishonest, and liar. So, it cannot be characterized as a happy, innocent tale. The author of The Great Gatsby wrote this novel influenced by his own life and his relationship with his wife Zelda. The unifying elements of this novel are the character of Gatsby and the New York where the episodes occur. Fitzgerald first began working on The Great Gatsby on 1922. He reported to his editor Maxwell Perkins: “ want to write something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned” (Perkins, 2004). In 1924 Fitzgerald decided to visit France, and it was his experience that influenced him to write The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald also uses the vernacular instead of literary language. That language which is used in the novel is spoken in the nineteenth century by many Americans .It represents the variety of dialects in America from different races, regions and classes.
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