By Sruthi Murthy, Y13
On 5th March, a group of A Level English Literature students from Herschel attended a Sovereign lecture day in central London regarding ‘The Great Gatsby,’ one of the many texts studied as part of our course. The day proved to be particularly useful to us as we were exposed to many different interpretations of the text.
The day was constructed into 45 minute lectures with 15 minute breaks in between; the most interesting talks regarded the historical context of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ which delves much into the Roaring Twenties and the speaker successfully drew parallels between the novel and poignant events in history such as Prohibition, bootlegging and consumerism. Many of us felt that the best lecture was on ‘Women’s lives’ and ‘Narrative voice and perspective’ as the speaker, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) was engaging and offered unique perspectives on Nick Carraway as the unreliable narrator, and his idolisation of the protagonist, Gatsby, as opposed to his victimisation of women in the novel.
The trip was extremely useful in helping us think outside the box and understand unique concepts as the talks were delivered by those who studied Fitzgerald’s novel for a much longer period. We feel that this will aid in forming stronger arguments in our upcoming A Level exams whilst thoroughly enjoying the lecture.