In which John Green continues to explore F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby.
In this installment, John looks into the titular Gatsby’s purported Greatness. Gatsby’s single-minded pursuit of Daisy, his checkered past, and his checkered present all play a role in determining whether he was, in fact, great.
Here’s a hint: you don’t have to be good to be great.
It turns out greatness doesn’t have much to do with whether you’re a good person.
Along the way, John explores the relentless forward march of time, the use of poetic language, and ironic titling of novels.
Note from Among the Fray: We will continue watching Crash Course’s Black American History series as episodes are released on a weekly basis.
An episode of Crash Course’s series on Literature – in chronological order of course – will be posted with the morning news while we wait for a new Black American History video.