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Classic Novels, Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is short and sweet at just 9 chapters. It’s also not messing around when it comes to Very Obvious Symbolism. What does the green light symbolize? The American Dream. What does Daisy symbolize? The American Dream. Gatsby? The American Dream. The Valley of Ashes? The uglier consequences of (you guessed it) the American Dream.

On the whole, it’s a quick, breezy read that still somehow manages to pack an emotional punch. Our narrator, Nick, combines sardonic humor with lyrical prose to deliver a many-layered and easily digestible social criticism of America’s preoccupation with excess.

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