The 'Great' Gatsby

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Was Gatsby Great?

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The 'Great' Gatsby

Post by keithprosser2 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:07 pm

F Scott Fitzgeral cropped up elsewhere, so I wondered if anybody here would like to comment on if Jay Gatsby was actually 'Great'. I know the novel is 'great', but is the man Gatsby 'great'?

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Re: The 'Great' Gatsby

Post by Impenitent » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:15 pm

define great


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Re: The 'Great' Gatsby

Post by PapersOwl » Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:22 pm

Well, I haven't read the book but the movie didn't impressed me at all

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Re: The 'Great' Gatsby

Post by Dalek Prime » Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:44 pm

Gatsby was a man full of envy, and generally a tosser. Isn't that great?

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Re: The 'Great' Gatsby

Post by mickthinks » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:27 pm

What interest should philosophers take in such a question? Gatsby has money, hence power and privilege. In that worldly sense he is great. He seems not to possess nor demonstrate any other outstanding traits or strengths. In that unworldly sense he is not great.

FSF intended the title to be ironic, I think.

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Re: The 'Great' Gatsby

Post by Hobbes' Choice » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:47 pm

FSG was writing a cautionary take about the failure of the American Dream, and the pitfalls of greed. "Great" is obviously ironic.

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