Mr. Stevens English Class discussion

The Great Gatsby

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Joey Stevens | 1 comments Mod
Use this thread to write your thoughts about the book. These questions are examples of what might be on the test and can help you think of what to say.

1. What is the American Dream? How does Gatsby represent this dream? Does the novel praise or condemn Gatsby's dream? Has the American dream changed since Gatsby's time?

2. Think about the two worlds, the Midwest and the East, as Fitzgerald describes them, and what they represent for Nick and for Gatsby.

3. Compare and contrast Gatsby's social class with that of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. How does geography contribute to the definition of social class in The Great Gatsby?

4. What is Nick Carraway's role in the novel? Consider Nick's father's advice in chapter one: "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Does telling the story from Nick's point of view make it more believable?

5. What part of his past is Gatsby trying to recapture? Is he successful? Is there a person, feeling, or event in your past that you'd want to revisit?

Remember, everyone needs to comment in this thread to get points for this assignment.

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Heidi Jensen | 1 comments Throughout the book, the idea of honesty and truth come out several times. At the beginning of the book, the narrator (Nick Carraway) says that because of his habit of reserving judgments of the people he encountered, he often finds himself being confided in. People open up and tell him some of their "secret griefs." Even here though, Nick mentions that these confidences "are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions." Even when people open up and bare their souls to him, they are lying at least a little bit. Leaving out details that make them seem especially bad or copying elements from other people's stories to make themselves sound better.

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Svetlana Ivanov | 1 comments One of my favorite quotes from the book comes at the end of chapter three: "Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." This is said after introducing Gatsby and one of his garish parties. There are all sorts of rumors floating around the party about what kind of man Gatsby is and how he has made his fortune. Most of them sound far-fetched, but at the same time, seem to have that one little iota of truth to them that makes them seem plausible. Who is this man Gatsby and what is he truly like?

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Brock Walters | 1 comments This book captures an era (the Jazz Age), and it brings up all sorts of things that’ll make you go hmmm (personal responsibility, class differences, the American dream, old money vs. new money, reinventing yourself, eugenics, double standards, and on and on and on).

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