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"The Great Gatsby" discussion

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Here are a few questions to get you started thinking about our upcoming discussion on Thursday. We don't necessarily have to discuss these specific questions, this is just a little appetizer for you. If you would like more inspiration or in depth discussions, just type in 'The Great Gatsby discussion' in your search engine and see what comes up- there's lots out there!

In what sense is The Great Gatsby an autobiographical novel? Does Fitzgerald write more of himself into the character of Nick or the character of Gatsby, or are the author’s qualities found in both characters? [Do a bio search on Fitzgerald if you haven’t already, you may gain more insight into his writing.] [Advanced American Literature]

What statement might Fitzgerald be making about the mores or ethos of American culture—particularly the American Dream? []

Discuss Gatsby’s character as Nick perceives him throughout the novel. What makes Gatsby “great”? []

Why does Gatsby love Daisy? How does he demonstrate his love for her? What is the meaning of the green light? []

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? []

Why is this novel considered to be among the greatest in American literature?

And of course the most obvious question is: Did you like it? Why or why not?

Looking forward to Thursday,
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