F&LILV Question #17 - Fitz & HST

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Unread postby Endora » Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:25 am

gilly wrote:I love The Great Gatsby and I can see the similarities between the 2 books..I think both are about the failure of a dream,the American Dream if you want to call it that..But also they are both about the end of a world,of an era, as the main characters knew it,which involved a yearning sense of loss and much disa llusionment..But there was also a great sense of hope,the idea that we need to keep bashing on,to quote Johnny,regardless..To fight...


You are more of an optimist than I, gilly. I find it hard to see the hopefulness in F and L, perhaps easier in Gatsby.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:42 pm

Endora wrote:
gilly wrote:I love The Great Gatsby and I can see the similarities between the 2 books..I think both are about the failure of a dream,the American Dream if you want to call it that..But also they are both about the end of a world,of an era, as the main characters knew it,which involved a yearning sense of loss and much disa llusionment..But there was also a great sense of hope,the idea that we need to keep bashing on,to quote Johnny,regardless..To fight...


You are more of an optimist than I, gilly. I find it hard to see the hopefulness in F and L, perhaps easier in Gatsby.


We are all on the same wavelength here...:hypnotic: hope... let's see... that would be upcoming Question #26! :-O
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Re: F&LILV Question #17 - Fitz & HST

Unread postby DeppLovesBananahs » Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:02 pm

Liz wrote:Hunter repeatedly mentioned F. Scott Fitzgerald in his letters, often comparing himself to “Fitz”. He even gave Juan “Fitzgerald” as a middle name. He has also made references to The Great Gatsby in regards to F&ILV. In reading an analysis of The Great Gatsby I uncovered that Fitzgerald, as did the narrator, Nick, found the new lavish lifestyle of the Jazz Age seductive and exciting. On the other hand, he saw through all the wealth and glitter to the moral emptiness and hypocrisy underneath. He longed for the absent moral center. The Great Gatsby is seen as Fitzgerald’s attempt to confront his conflicting feelings about the Jazz Age.

Does Raoul Duke struggle with a similar internal conflict?


I'm going to answer yes because I think Raoul Duke had similar internal conflict. However, I don't know that much about The Great Gatsby, so I'm not a complete source to obtain an answer from. I'll take a stab at it any how. I think Hunter definitely was influenced by Fitzgerald, but it may have been an admiration. I do think the internal conflict with Roaul Duke was something of personal significance, that he sort of struggled with self acceptance among others. This sort of goes back to that question of RD's status as it were among people. I think his whole conflict may have resulted through what happens through the course of the book. He faces challenges and problems, which in turn creates the live conflict (the police officer stopping him on the highway, the stabbed waitress, etc.). However, this to me didn't seem to affect him too internally, but the internal conflict still is prominent......but I can't seem to word it correctly......I'll try again later once more people reply.

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