"Literary criticism" refers to analyses written by English professors ("literary critics") about famous works. It doesn't criticize in a negative sense like a review, but THINKS CRITICALLY about the work to produce a particular interpretation or "unpacking" of its style and content. Often this is done using a thematic lens - there are feminist literary critics, Freudian critics, historicist critics, and so on.
Your task is to read this critical excerpt on The Great Gatsby from Novels for Students, a series that introduces high schoolers to this kind of academic literary analysis. It covers characters, themes, and stylistic elements. Read and textmark anything you find interesting, with at least one highlight and comment on each of the eight pages. I will check this for a quiz grade, and you'll be using it for an in-class assignment too, so make sure you print it out.
Mr. Justin Biggs