Course 4—Lecture

LitCourse 4
How to Read: Title & Setting


Titles—restate a theme

Titles often serve as a shorthand statement of theme, reinforcing a work's central ideas.

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
— Despite his lower-class origins and tawdry past, Gatsby achieves a sort of greatness at the end of the novel when he takes the blame for Daisy—she who is cut from finer cloth. As the title suggests, innate decency and honor trump class, always.

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