Quiz , Sept. 2 nd : Tyson Chaps. 1 and 2, and Gatsby. Why has Tyson chosen The Great Gatsby as the focal text for Critical Theory Today ? Why, according to Tyson, do students often feel anxious about critical theory?
It lends itself well to many critical lenses. You can apply any critical lens to any text, but some texts are particularly suited to particular lenses. Gatsby’s good for just about anything.
What, according to Tyson, are some “concrete ways” we can benefit from an understanding of critical theory? p. 2 Critical theory can inform:
He has to break off a relationship with another woman.
Sprawls on beach in sand. Thinking how Manhattan must have looked to the first Dutch settlers, final thoughts about Gatsby’s struggle to reach Daisy, how the “green light” of the future is already, even from the moment we desire it, behind us.
Because his father told him, “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all of the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
By the way, why is this statement SO ironic?