The ordering of events in The Great Gatsby

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Introduction In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald condensed the story's events. It appears that two important changes were introduced: Fitzgerald suppressed a long episode of Gatsby's childhood in order to heighten the sense of mystery surrounding his protagonist's youth. This fragment was then turned into a short story Absolution that was published in a review Mercury. The second important change concerned the order of the events and the fact that in the original version it was Gatsby who spoke. In the […]

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Structure and Narration in The Great Gatsby

Structure and Narration in "The Great Gatsby" photo

The Great Gatsby is the third novel of Fitzgerald, published in 1925 after This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Beautiful and the Damned (1922). Introduction It is a turning point in Fitzgerald literary career because it was to improve on his previous works: he tested new techniques and insisted on the novelty of his enterprise: 'I want to write something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and 'intricately patterned' (letter to Perkins, agent at Scribners). Indeed, Fitzgerald devoted […]

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Puritanism : a New World Vision

I. The Puritan New World vision in the longer schemes of things English Puritans can be divided into several groups. Most of the Puritans remained in England. They accepted the principle of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth, with the Separatists (no affiliation with authority and the English protestant church). They were persecuted and many of them had to run away and come to the New World. To many Puritans, Christopher Columbus's passage in America was one of the most important historical events […]

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Shift happens : la vision de demain

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Je vous présente deux petites vidéos : la première est une étude statistique sur le progrès technique et technologique de ces dernières années ainsi que des projections en termes démographiques, sociaux et technologiques pour les quelques dizaines d'années à venir. Cette seconde vidéo est issue des laboratoires Microsoft et vise à nous donner un petit aperçu de la manière dont nous pourrons gérer nos applications dans quelques années. Cela a l'air bien alléchant !

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