1. Write down one question you have about the novel:
Explain how World War I affected the events of the novel:
Explain how prohibition affected the events of the novel:
List facts and sources showing your research of WWI:
List facts and sources showing your research of prohibition:
Explain how “Wolfshiem” affected Gatsby’s life:
Fitzgerald disapproves of the actions of the characters. Explain how he shows this:
List facts and sources showing your research of Rothstein: List facts and sources showing your research of Fitzgerald
Read and annotate a “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. Gatsby and Daisy had a “Dream Deferred.” Using quotes from the poem, explain how the poem illustrates the lives of Daisy and Gatsby.
For example, Hughes questions whether an unfulfilled dream “fester(s) like a sore / and then run?” In what way is this a connection to Daisy and Gatsby?
Example from poem Connection to the text
Gatsby and Daisy were able to achieve their “dream,” even though it was for a short while. Hughes explains that a dream can “explode.” In your opinion, who had a worse “explosion”? Gatsby or Daisy?
The Decline of the American Dream in the 1920s
Based on the following analysis of the history presented in the novel, explain how The Great Gatsby demonstrates the decline of the American Dream.
On the surface, The Great Gatsby is a story of the thwarted love between a man and a woman. The main theme of the novel, however, encompasses a much larger, less romantic scope. Though all of its action takes place over a mere few months during the summer of 1922 and is set in a circumscribed geographical area in the vicinity of Long Island, New York, The Great Gatsby is a highly symbolic meditation on 1920s America as a whole, in particular the disintegration of the American dream in an era