Committee Chair

Shaheen, Aaron D.

Committee Member

O'Dea, Gregory; Smith, Joyce C.

Department

Dept. of English

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Eric J. Leed postulates a theory of restraint and release as formative forces in the trenches of the European fronts. I examine F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby for its portrayal of release that is tied to the presence of automobile “accidents.” These events emblematize the suppressed memory of mechanized violence. My first chapter addresses Gatsby and his fantasy of release in pursuing Daisy and the implications of release for morality in the post-war world. My second chapter is concerned with Tom Buchanan, whose traditional ideas about “civilization” are juxtaposed with the mechanistic violence of his defense of those ideals. My third chapter explores the relationships the novel’s characters possess to the automobile as a character, and further, how automobility enables release. My conclusion will synthesize the evidence in Fitzgerald’s novel to make observations about the disconnect, forged out of a new age of mechanized warfare, between individuals and their actions.

Degree

M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.

Date

5-2015

Name

Fitzgerald, F. Scott -- (Francis Scott), -- 1896-1940 -- Criticism and interpretation.

Keyword

machine; Gatsby; Fitzgerald; World War I; release; violence

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

iv, 70 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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