You and your friends live in New York City during the Roaring 20’s, and you have all attended (or are attending) a famous Gatsby party. Using a list of 1920’s slang, generate a dialogue between yourself and two or three of your friends. (See my website for a variety of 1920s slang links. ) You must generate at least thirty (30) lines of dialogue. Be sure to put the definition of each slang word after it in parentheses. You may work with up to two partners, but the lines of dialogue will need to increase: sixty (60) lines for two students and ninety (90) for three.
NOTE: Earn bonus points by performing your dialogue! The Great Gatsby Essay Questions Choose one of the following topics, and write a well-developed and supported essay. Before writing your paper, review and use the “Six Traits of Successful Writing. ” Also review the “Guidelines for Writing a Formal Paper” handout. Remember, your best resource for formatting your writing is the Write for College textbook. Strive to make this paper your strongest writing assignment yet. The Great Gatsby essay topics: 1. F.
Scott Fitzgerald’s novel focuses on the male characters, but he has several clearly delineated female characters as well, each with her own desires, motivations, and needs. Write an essay comparing and contrasting Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker. 2. Tom Buchanan and George Wilson are more similar than different. Write an essay in which you compare and contrast these two men according to their attitudes toward women, their ways of showing violence, and their reactions to being cuckolded. 3. Fitzgerald includes the following quote in the last chapter of his ovel: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made . . . ” (187-188) Comment on the ways in which Tom and Daisy exemplify this quotation and the consequences of their choices. 4. Fitzgerald uses his novel to portray and critique a number of male-female relationships, some married, some not. Analyze the nature of male-female relationships in the novel. . Throughout the novel, we learn that Gatsby’s goal in life since he was a young man is to win Daisy’s love. Everything he has worked for was for her to desire him over the many other rich and respected men of their society, including her husband. After his hard work, why does Fitzgerald suddenly stop Gatsby from having his dream come true just when it seems it will? Discuss how Gatsby’s final destiny helps to demonstrate the shallow, empty, materialistic values of the people who comprise the society. 6.
“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy– they smashed up things and creatures and the retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was the kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had ...
Compare and contrast any two places in the novel, explaining how the places differ, what each place symbolizes, and how each reflects the society of the times and the morals and values of its inhabitants. 7. Some characters are static; they remain the same from start to finish. Others are dynamic; they emerge at the end, having undergone a substantial change. Is Nick a static or dynamic character? Does he change? If so, how? If not, why not? 8. The theme of seeing and not seeing, or variations on blindness, permeates the novel.
Eyes are everywhere: Dr. T. J. Eckleburg’s on the billboard, Owl Eyes, a dog “looking with blind eyes through the smoke (41), a man “blinded by the glare of the headlights” (59), and Nick’s comment that the East is “haunted for me . . . distorted beyond my eyes’ power of correction,” (185).
Analyze the treatment of blindness, and of seeing and not seeing, in the novel. I have one more essay question for you, but you will have to wait until after you have read Chapter 8 to see it.
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