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Comparing Canonical Pieces of American Literature

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In the so-called literary "canon" of American literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is heralded as one of the greatest American novels ever written. Some critics and educators have gone so far as to state that The Great Gatsby is an essential piece of literature that should be required reading for every student of Western literature. Certainly, the novel provides an intriguing insight into the time period of the Roaring Twenties, with all of its excesses, alcohol-fueled illicit activities, and emotional ennui. Others say that a more sophisticated representation of the same time period can be found in Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, as this novel provides many of the same themes and focuses while also covering the deeper turmoil of the Lost Generation; in addition, it stretches beyond the borders of America and incorporates Europe in its setting.

Which of the following statements best describe the underlined selections?

A

A claim made by admirers of The Great Gatsby; a detraction made by critics of the novel.

B

An acknowledged truth about The Great Gatsby; a false claim made by critics of the novel.

C

A claim made by admirers of The Great Gatsby; a contrasting claim made by admirers of The Sun Also Rises.

D

A claim made by admirers of The Great Gatsby; an explanation for why the novel should be included in the European can on as well as the American.

E

An explanation for why The Great Gatsby is a part of the literary canon; a claim establishing why The Great Gatsby should be replaced in the canon.