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Glozing “Gay” Rhicterature

In response to the topic of glozing over, dissimilarly to Richter’s concept of it, I want to talk about another instant where glozing over seems apparent within the text. In “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses displaced phrases. These specific phrases, “I was immediately struck by the number of young English men dotted about; all well dressed, all looking a little hungry, and all talking in low, earnest voices to solid and prosperous Americans.” (42) and “I said to myself: ’There’s the kind of man you’d like to take home and introduce to your mother and sister.’” (72), both occur in places where their purpose is confusing. To try and understand the meaning of such statements would be, naturally, rereading, reading previous information or reading beyond, but that will only further disorient the reader because the statements, “I was sure that they were selling something: bonds or insurance or automobiles.” (42) and “He paused. ‘I see you’re looking at my cuff buttons.’” (72), only counteract or diffuse the situation. I would otherwise scan past these sentences and assume nothing was at play, if they were not so consistently working on grabbing my attention. Is Nick homosexual? Is he not so strict in his sexual preference? Why then would there be such consistency, in purposefully aligning the sentences, in this manner, to defy the speculation of Nick’s interest in men? It may be a way of ensuring that Nick is represented as heterosexual, but the opposite analysis occurs, such statements are tempting to analyze, they leave the reader suspicious; but in any case F. Scott Fitzgerald has made, frayed and juxtaposed commentary that leaves us reading the text as concerning. This is where glozing over may jeopardize the intent of the literature. Is Nick being sexually fluid, gay, or straight important? It may not be to the whole, but understanding the complex of the characters is, especially when the narrator is describing the scene, because then they can become unreliable narrators. I have observed many times in which Nick accuses Gatsby of being dishonest, but Nick has been withholding information as well. We are left in the shadows when Daisy and Tom mention they heard rumors that Nick was married. Richter’s idea of glozing over topics of gender, sexuality, and studies, in all, leaves the text in whole—bodiless or as a carapace with no internal meat, only shell. The little intricacies of literature make it beautiful like the descriptions of great literature in the genre Canon. Without these special features a book, text, paper with scribbles, is featureless no matter how well the technical tools are used or how the form is made. This idea of glozing over removes the unique details and multi-analytic approaches to studying literature and observing the multifaceted angles literature can sometimes hide from first glance.