Ethical Pendulum: The Reinterpretation of The Great Gatsby

Chunming LI, Limin HE


Fitzgerald presented a vivid picture of ethical chaos in American Jazz Age through his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. By describing the characters’ different ethical consciousness, ethical choices, ethical identities and ethical behaviors in the novel, Fitzgerald maybe intend to give expression to his ethical orientation: if the American society alienates itself from the traditional ethics completely, a disaster would fall on it, a gloomy vision of a world without ethical order and moral norm.


Traditional ethics; Modern ethics; The Great Gatsby; Ethical literary criticism; F. Scott Fitzgerald

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