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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

The Failure of Conspicuous Consumption in The Great Gatsby

ay Gatsby and the Buchanans of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby are both members of the wealthy leicure class as defined by Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class. Despite this however, they do not share the same status. The separation that exists between inherited welath and earned wealth prevents Gatsby from effectively and permanently reclaiming Daisy. Furthermore, in his attempts to reclaim Daisy, Gatsby employs a more primitive type of consumption than her gentility demands.


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Presenter: Kevin Lelonek (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm Session IV