1. Why are we still reading a book written in the 1920’s? What gives a book its longevity? Because it holds some sort of high stature in literary society. A book that has lasted this long obviously contains within it a certain outlook or opinion regarding factors of life during a period of time that is not easily accessible through other forms. 2. How was the 1920’s a reaction to WW1?
Most of the events of the 1920’s were directly related to the economic, political and social costs or effects of global war. 3. 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. I do not agree but I’d rather cry sitting inside my Ferrari because having wealth entails or brings with it a certain degree of power over ones fellows and enables one to enjoy higher standards of living. This however does not necessarily result in happiness. 4. What is the “American Dream”? Where did it originate, and how has it changed over the centuries? The American Dream originally referred to the
5. 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? No, life goes on.
Chapter 1 Questions:
1.Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope, or dream. Why does he do this? He is highlighting his characters aspirations to better things. 2. 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 judgement in the novel? Nick is from old money and has had the opportunity to experience humanity at its worst during the Great War, as well as sharing the ear of intellectual greatness during his time at Yale. Nick does his best to treat everyone he meets unreservedly although, due to his role as narrator, he does draw conclusions about peoples action. However, he keeps said conclusions between himself and the reader, a novel act. 3. Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy’s house? 4. 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? Nick so far seems to be intelligent and collected, leading me to believe he will flow cleanly through the mud that the plot might throw at him. He should make for an interesting narrator. 5. What images does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean? He describes her with a raised chin, as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall. I believe he uses this description to indicate 6. How does Nick react to Jordan?
He is stunned by her apparent self-sufficiency
7. What does Tom’s behavior reveal about his character?
Tom comes off as arrogantly self-satisfied, fooling himself in the belief of his pseudo-intellectuality. He is virulently racist and cares only for himself. 8. Why does Fitzgerald keep focusing the quality of Daisy’s voice? Because it highlights her character. She draws attention to herself in order to distract her thoughts from the situation at hand. 9. What is Fitzgerald’s message about elite society that is apparent in Tom’s actions? (Commenting on values held by super rich) Fitzgerald is highlighting the poverty of wealth. This is an underlying theme throughout the novel. He is trying to show the reader that the certainty of status that wealth brings is a fallacy held only by those who entertain such thoughts. 10. Why does Daisy believe it is better for a woman to be ignorant? Daisy feels this way as a result of her experiences. In order to protect herself from her husbands infidelity, she believes it is better for a woman to be ignorant, “a beautiful little fool”. 11. How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the novel? He describes himself as...