The Great Gatsby Seminar

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Discussion Questions for the Seminar
1. Do you think the eyes of Dr. TJ Euckelburg were included specifically for one particular character in The Great Gatsby based on their thoughts, actions, etc.? 2. How do Nick’s qualities as a character affect his narration? 3. How exactly does Gatsby represent the American Dream?

4. What are the apparent strengths of Jay Gatsby?
5. How does The Great Gatsby relate to current society?

Chapter 1-2
1. The Notebook, The Vow, Fast and Furious, The Crucible, Friends With Benefits, Hall Pass, and The Twilight Saga. 2. I feel that writers use love triangles to bring a more dramatic nature and quality to their writing. What makes these stories so interesting is that as the reader, you get the special feeling that you know all the actions that are taking place and the characters in the book may have no idea. 3. The real relationship between Tom and Daisy is that they are husband and wife. Further than that they are also more like lovers. I use the word "lovers" because they do love each other deep down but at the same time they both love to be free. I believe that the reason they cheat on one another is because they are bored of each other and have forgotten about the time when they were so in love no one could separate them. The reason they don't just split up and run off with their other person is because they are scared of losing each other. 4. I believe that Tom is cheating on Daisy with Myrtle to relieve some of his anger of his relationship with Daisy. Tom respects Daisy in a lot of ways, but with Myrtle he can treat her the way her wants to. She is a lower class than Tom and he does not truly care what happens to her. I believe that Tom feels that he can impress Myrtle more than he can Daisy because the relationship between Tom and Daisy is boring and Tom has nothing more to impress with. 5. I feel that Tom and Daisy stay with each other because deep down inside, they originally had feelings for each other when their marriage started and I believe that they still feel some of this love towards each other. Also, since they are among the same social class; the rich and the elite. It could have been more love that she had for money than she had love for Tom. 6. I feel that his lies about Catholicism to Myrtle reveals that he is only planning to be in an intimate relationship with Myrtle and only trying to impress her for her love rather that actually caring for her and showing respect to her. He clearly shows her no respect when he brutally broke her nose. 7. Daisy- Mia Farrow was not particularly the right type for this role. After reading the book, I thought that Daisy would have a nice, soft, loud voice that could get your attention.. Mia Farrow, on the other hand, had a high pitched, squeaky and annoying voice. This took away from the character of Daisy because it made listening to her almost intolerable. Gatsby- Robert Redford did a great job of playing the Character of Jay Gatsby. I felt as if he had the proper tone of voice that was portrayed in the book. It's almost the exact type of character that in the movie that I thought of while I was reading the book. Myrtle- I don't feel as if the actor of Karen Black did a great job or a terrible job in the attempt of the Fitzgerald portrayal. In the movie, she seems more of a crazy, and physco lady rather than an intimate and luring woman. Such as when she ate the blood off of her bloody hand in the move of The Great Gatsby. Tom- I felt as if Bruce Dern did a good job of portraying the Fitzgerald-type character of Tom Buchanan. In a sense, he had the arrogant, hypocritical attitude in the movie that was well played by Bruce Dern as Tom's character created by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nick - I feel as if Sam Waterston does a good job of playing the character as Nick Carraway. In the movie, he seems as this innocent bystander just watching all of the action as everything happens. In the movie, the...
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