What does Nick think of Tom and Daisy? Describe Nick’s closing thoughts as the chapter ends. Explain the significance of this quote: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
After meeting with Tom, where does George Wilson go next? How does Wilson react when he sees Gatsby floating on an air mattress in the pool? Describe in detail the events. Describe what Nick believes Gatsby’s final thoughts would be. Provide textual evidence to support.
Explain why Gatsby fell in love with Daisy in the summer of 1917. Why did Daisy ultimately marry Tom when Gatsby left for war? Explain. What does this tell us about Daisy’s personality?
Why are we still reading a book written in the 1920s? What gives a book its longevity? How was the 1920s a reaction to WWI? Some people think that having money leads to happiness. Do you agree? Why or why not? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being wealthy.
Where does Nick move after the events of East and West Egg? Why? When Nick runs into Tom in the city, what does Tom reveal about the his role in the murder and suicide of Gatsby and George Wilson?
What is the “American Dream”? Where did it originate, and how has it changed over the centuries? Have you ever wanted to relive a moment from your past, to redo it? Describe the situation. How and why would you change the past?
Explain the following allusions within The Great Gatsby. First, explain their literal meaning. Then, explain what their inclusion adds to your understanding of the text. (The Rise of the Coloured Empires) Describe Gatsby’s wealth. List some of the things that represent wealth. What kind of people come to Gatsby’s parties? Why did Nick Carraway go …
Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy’s house? Describe Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him? What kind of a narrator do you think he will be?
Examine the following symbols in The Great Gatsby. Describe the significance of each symbol. Some of the symbols are characters and some of them are actions. Think about all of them in the following way: what is the meaning/function of this symbol? Gatsby’s uncut books / Nick’s unread books Wolfsheim’s cufflinks Gatsby’s Tom pushing people …
Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope, or dream. Why does he do this? Nick starts the novel by relaying his father’s advice “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” List Nick’s advantages. Does he reserve judgment in …