Had once pandered in whispers

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter IX) on Rap Genius


A ‘pander’ is a pimp and Fitzgerald’s choice of verb here brings to mind his earlier characterisation of the ‘meretricious beauty’ of Gatsby’s dream. This hints at the corruption at the heart of the American Dream even in its 17th Century beginnings. In his lecture “Jay Gatsby and the Myth of American Origins”, Leo Marx explains the entire novel’s relationship to the socio-cultural and historical phenomenon of American Exceptionalism (which arguably lead to the ongoing invasion of Iraq, for example) via this brilliant closing passage of the novel. http://video.mit.edu/watch/jay-gatsby-and-the-myth-of-american-origins-9938/

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