The Great Gatsby and the Lost Generation

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BJTU’s Course Thesis
History and Anthology of American Literature

The Great Gatsby and the Lost Generation

| Institute:| School of Languages| |
| Major:| English| |
| Student:| Chen Haoxiang| |
| Reg. No.| 10321004| |
| Tutor:| Dr. Zhang Junxue| |

June 08, 2012
The Great Gatsby and the Lost Generation
By Chen Haoxiang

The Great Gatsby is regarded as the most widely taught and widely read American literary classic. A classic is a work that continues to be read and becomes part of the equipment of educated people long after its willing or unwilling readers still know the things that the author knew. The conflicts between the old value and the new value had a great impact on Fitzgerald, which were demonstrated in the Great Gatsby as the basement of the corruption of the American dream. Lost Generation is a literature school original in American in the twentieth century. Lost Generation refers to the generation after the World War I. Meanwhile, it also refers to the young writers who lived as expatriates in Western Europe for a short time. The Lost Generation is also called the Sad Young Man by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his book which describes the disillusioned younger generation after the First World War. This thesis, based on the knowledge and discussion in the course of History and anthology of American literature, analyzes what the Lost Generation was like in the novel The Great Gatsby, and finally to draw a conclusion about why Gatsby a representative figures of the Lost Generation.

Key words: The Great Gatsby, the Lost Generation, the American Dream, love, F. Scott Fitzgerald

1. An over view of The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book was first published in 1925, and it has been republished in 1945 and 1953. There are two settings for the novel: on Long Island's North Shore, and in New York City. The book is set in 1922 from the spring to...
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