Critics on The Great Gatsby
A summary of ten different literary critics’ comments on Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
This paper is a summary of ten different literary critics’ comments on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” All of the critics are cited and separated into individual sections and include a full reference. The author of this paper also includes his personal view on these critics’ respective positions.
`Bloom’s introduction to the book of critical essays he has edited is an essay in itself and is worthy considering because it takes a unique approach. Instead of looking at the novel in great depth, he writes about the impressions that he receives, as a reader, from The Great Gatsby and compares those impressions to the ones he has in reading works by the poet, John Keats. He points out that the spirit of John Keats is always present in Fitzgerald’s best writing and gives passages from poems by Keats, including `The Eve of Saint Agnes` and `Ode to Melancholy` and alludes to `Lamia,` and `La Belle Dame Sans Merci,` among other poems by Keats to arrive at his understanding of Fitzgerald and his character, Jay Gatsby, as sublime Romantics in the best, most lyrical, sense of the word. Bloom clearly believes that the novel is excellent since it has so many poetic echoes, and echoes from one of Bloom’s most cherished poets, John Keats.`