Jay Gatsby, Failed Intellectual: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Trope for Social Stratification

  title={Jay Gatsby, Failed Intellectual: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Trope for Social Stratification},
  author={Dianne E. Bechtel},
  journal={The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review},
  pages={117 - 129}
Abstract:This article explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's drawing of the character Jay Gatsby in conjunction with Pierre Bourdieu's theory of the habitus. It seeks to explain why Jay Gatsby has failed at his attempt to maintain wealth, love interest, and even his life. It describes the social and economic realities that make up the conditions of class status and character behavior that lead to Gatsby's lack of survival. The article argues that the social structures and relevant practices of economic… 


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