There has been a lot happening between handling more responsibility at work, apartment hunting at the speed of a rabid used car salesman, and having the sleep cycle of an acne-scoured teenager. So, writing has fallen off to the side a bit.
I’ve also been slacking on my Twitter
stalking browsing, where I discover a hefty amount of articles pertaining to this crazy little thing called literature.
This morning I came across a Flavor Wire article that points out a number of conspiracy theories regarding famous literary characters.
The article touches upon The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and several other pieces – I suggest taking a good look – but I am most concerned with the suggestion that Nick Carraway of The Great Gatsby is gay.
I’m not going to dissect the article or offer my own investigation of the matter, but I will express my dislike, disdain, disinterest when 21st Century mentalities are applied to anything that occurred decades earlier, or in this case, nearly a century ago. It is a true anachronism.
There is plenty in Gatsby that is culturally and socially unacceptable in this day and age – racism, anti-Semitism are two that quickly come to mind – but you can’t fault Fitzgerald for writing that way because that was acceptable during his time.
The conspiracy theorist who believes Carraway is gay points to several passages that, when slightly tilted and squinted at, become painfully homosexual. I don’t give it much credence due to the fact that many characters across many novels can be painted homosexual, physically disturbed, or whatever else when the information is bent in the direction in which you want it to go.
Similar bending occurs with statistics on both sides of the political aisle.
So before you nod your head in agreement with the article above, remember that viewing an 80 year-old story through a 2013 kaleidoscope will split the light in several directions.