OCR American Literature - The Great Gatsby Themes, Key Quotes & Critics

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  • The Great Gatsby - Themes & Key Quotes
    • Prejudice
      • 'Next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.' Tom - Chapter 7
      • 'All this ‘old sport’ business. Where’d you pick that up?' Tom - Chapter 7
    • Family & Relationships
      • 'he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.'
      • 'Introductions forgotten on the spot.'
    • Wealth/Poverty
      • 'Men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.'
      • ''They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money.'
    • Morality
      • 'Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back.'
    • Gender
      • 'I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool..'
      • 'It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy — it increased her value in his eyes.'
    • Critical Quotes
      • 1925 Chicago Tribune: ‘No more than a glorified anecdote’
      • 'The Great Gatsby might just as well be called Ten Nights on Long Island..' Ralph Coghlan
      • 'the fluidity of American lives.' Arthur Mizener
      • 'It has even gained in weight and relevance, which can be said of few American books of its time.' Trilling

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