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Analyzing the title
Kelley Kelley Jul 27, 2014 08:31PM
What is the significance of the title of the novel? Is Jay Gatsby "great," or is the title ironic?

Feliks (last edited Jul 27, 2014 10:36PM ) Jul 27, 2014 10:32PM   0 votes
Well the first thing to realize is that the title was only arrived at and settled on after a bunch of other choices. Fitzgerald and his publishers went back and forth over the title. It was a trial-and-error process.

That being said, I think there is more 'elegy' than 'irony' in the final title. A mixture, but definitely elegy predominant, seeing as how Gatsby ended up. Fitzgerald is commenting perhaps on how all the hangers-on at Gatsby' s parties viewed him: superficially. But Nick Carraway--narrating all this--gives Gatsby his proper admiration; making the title ring true, not false or thin.

p.s. you have posted this topic twice, fyi

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