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Analyzes socioeconomic & racial pressures & effects on characters of Gatsby & Clare.
Citations 6
Citation Style MLA
Sources 2
Pages 5
Price: $20.00
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The main characters in the novels The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Passing by Nella Larsen are both passing in the sense that they are trying to be something they are not, creating for themselves an illusion that they believe convinces other people that they possess an identity. Both books are set in the 1920s but in very different worlds, Gatsby in the world of the rich and would-be rich on Long Island, and Passing in Harlem in New York City. Each of the main characters--Jay Gatsby in the Fitzgerald work, Clare in the Larsen novel--is in the process of passing, of making a journey from one world to another, a journey that is thwarted in each case because it is a journey that is ultimately destructive.
Larsen is clear about what passing means to her as she writes about Clare,

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