Date of Award


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First Advisor

Karem, Jeff

Subject Headings

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. Great Gatsby, Literature and society -- United States, Social problems in literature, Civilization, Modern -- 20th century, American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism, American History American Literature Literature


Historically the 1920s contained growing tensions among the generations, classes and races. To hear that it is turbulent is not new. This becomes part of the frame for the 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby. The other part, which this thesis treats, is that of the moral and legal crime taking place within the novel itself. Beginning with the real-life Hall-Mills murder case, the thesis enumerates and details many, often overlooked, moral and legal crimes by every character within the book. Through this is it my intention to elucidate the potentiality of F. Scott Fitzgerald to portray a culture in crisis. Furthermore, it attempts to highlight the complexities taking place within the novel and Fitzgerald's possible intentions