The Great Gatsby Reading Analysis

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When approaching reading practices there are four different classifications, author-centred, reader-centred, text-centred and world-centred approaches. By applying the author-centred approach whilst reviewing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald published in 1925, I was able to understand the dominant interpretation that Fitzgerald intended the readers to produce. The reader is able to recognise links between an author’s life and text (Queensland Studies Authority, November 2011, pg.4). The author-centred approach focuses on the history of the author and their personal experiences rather than the reader’s. The theories of author-centred approaches are useful in making interpretations of The Great Gatsby as the reader can interpret the novel as a biography of sorts. Literary theorists included in the review of The Great Gatsby are Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault and Moon. These theorists all work together to critically analyse the impact of the author’s personal understandings on what the reader interprets from the novel.
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The implied author is created by the reader from small hints in the work creating an imagined author figure. The novel is written in a narrative tone seen from the character of Nick Carraway, as a narrator but also significant to the novel the readers sense that Carraway is the implied author. This theory allows the reader to create more than just one interpretation but also staying close to the initial meaning of the novel. For example, the first meaning I made from the book was the ‘American Dream’ ideology however, once using this theory it can be inferred that Fitzgerald created Carraway as an interpretation of himself to put himself in the story of The Great Gatsby. Therefore, the theory of the Implied Author by Booth was valuable when understanding The Great
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