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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(16); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061616.

A Corpus-based Stylistic Analysis of The Great Gatsby


Qian Ju

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Qian Ju

Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China


The Great Gatsby is a timeless exploration of the illusory nature of the American Dream, decadence in the 1920s, and the complexities of love and desire. Fitzgerald’s ability to vividly capture the spirit of an era while addressing universal themes makes The Great Gatsby a literary masterpiece deserving of its enduring acclaim and ongoing literary analysis. Based on theories of corpus stylistics, this paper uses corpus search software AntConc, TagAnt and UAM CorpusTool to analyze the stylistic features of this novel in four aspects: lexical, phrase, syntax and rhetorical features. This paper concludes that F. Scott. Fitzgerald excels in using past tense words, phrase collocations, syntactic deviations and rhetorical devices to portray various negative characters and reveal the wealthy but indifferent and hypocritical society of 1920s America.


Corpus stylistics; The Great Gatsby; AntConc; TagAnt; UAM CorpusTool

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Qian Ju. A Corpus-based Stylistic Analysis of The Great Gatsby. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 16: 112-117. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061616.


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