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What is the American Dream? The American Dream is having a home, a car, money and love. How did Gatsby’s dreams lead to his success?  How have those dreams created his faults? Gatsby was successful in earning much money in “the drug business and…the oil business”(95). This is the reason for Gatsby’s lavish lifestyle. However being in the drug business would make him a criminal.Do you think The Great Gatsby is a glorification of the Roaring Twenties or a scathing commentary of the Roaring Twenties? (if you don’t know what scathing means, look it up) I think that The Great Gatsby is a scathing of the Roaring Twenties because it focuses on the conflict between all the characters; Tom cheating on Daisy, Gatsby’s struggle to win Daisy’s heart, and the death of Myrtle, George, and Gatsby.Who in our society is the epitome (the perfect example) of the American Dream? Why? Jeff Bezos is the epitome of the American Dream. He is the owner of Amazon.com and his wealth is continuously increasing. He owns many properties across America and is married with four kids. He also owns a $41 million private jet.How does Gatsby’s dream relate to the American Dream and the pursuit of happiness?  Give specific example to defend your answer. In chapter four, Jordan says that Gatsby wants Nick to invite Daisy over to his house, and then let him come over(83). Gatsby hopes to restart his relationship with Daisy. It is his dream to be with her again. Love is a huge part of the American Dream.Discuss how the green light’s significance morphed throughout the novel. (Beginning, Middle, and End) In the beginning of the story, the green light represents Gatsby’s dream to be with Daisy. When Gatsby finally sees Daisy for the first time in years, “His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one”(98). The green light meant nothing to Gatsby anymore. Seeing Daisy was no longer an unattainable dream for him.What is the danger of trying to repeat the past?  Do you agree with Gatsby’s opinion on the subject?  (find this scene and reread it) Repeating the past also means repeating the mistakes made in the past. On top of that, a man dedicated to repeating the past will most likely fail. Some things cannot be undone. When Gatsby says, “I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before”(117), he isn’t taking into consideration of the fact that he is now rich, living in a mansion, and Daisy is married and has a daughter. Things will never be the same. Do you think it was ironic or fitting that Daisy is connected to the color white throughout the novel?  Explain. I think it’s ironic that Daisy is connected with the color white. The color white represents purity and innocence. Daisy however, is not innocent. While she was drunk, she hit Myrtle with Gatsby’s car. When Gatsby recalls the event at the end of chapter seven, he says that, “Daisy stepped on it”(151). She didn’t stop the car after hitting Myrtle, maybe to avoid the consequences. Daisy’s connection to the color white fits her in a comedic sense, since daisies are usually white.Think about both sides of the argument (what are the various things the color white represents?).  Consider why during the flashback in Ch. 8 she was described with warm and vivid colors. * I expect you to research what things white often represents. The color white carries a very positive connotation. It represents goodness, purity and innocence. What comment is Fitzgerald saying about the wealthy and their morals and values? In what way are Gatsby and Nick ill-equipped to survive in their social circle? Why is The Great Gatsby considered one of the greatest American novels? What mistakes did Gatsby make as he pursued his dream? How would the story be different if told from the perspective of Tom, Gatsby, or Daisy?  Discuss a scene that would be drastically different if told from another point of view. How much was Nick aware of the power that he allowed others to have on his life? Explain. Why do you think Fitzgerald left so much of Gatsby a mystery?  The reader is never told where Gatsby’s wealth actually came from or what his career is.  Fitzgerald doesn’t even really describe what he looks like.  We can totally picture what Tom and even Jordan looks like, but Gatsby remains very much a mystery.  Why might have Fitzgerald left these details out? Who is to blame for Gatsby’s death?  Explain why.We seem to all agree that the American Dream can be achieved by everyone, and it is possible to achieve your dreams, but there does seem to be an easier road for certain groups of people.  Which factors do you think most influence one’s ability to achieve the American Dream?  Education, Wealth, Race, Gender, Attitude/Motivation? etc.?  Refer to the articles/examples we discussed in class, but I encourage you to do some of your own research. Can the reader blame Myrtle for wanting to leave her husband and the Valley of Ashes in pursuit of a better life?  What can we learn from her mistakes? How do you feel about Gatsby’s relationship with his father as described in Ch. 9?  Do you think Gatsby was a good son?  Provide specific example to support your claim. How does Fitzgerald illustrate that the wealthy and the poor, while they have very different lifestyles, can experience parallel life moments? Why was “Gatsby…exempt from Nick’s reaction – Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn…there was something gorgeous about him” (Ch.1)?  What was different about Gatsby than the rest of the group?  Reread that section of the chapter.  Do you understand better what Nick is saying now that you have finished the novel? What is the overall theme of The Great Gatsby? Explain why you chose this theme. Why do you think Owl Eyes was the only person (other than his father and Nick) to attend Gatsby’s funeral?  Consider that Owl Eyes had never even met Gatsby before.Why does Nick say that Tom and Daisy “were careless people… 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…” (Ch. 9)?  Do you agree with Nick? Explain. Read the last two paragraphs of the novel.  Why are they significant?  What comment is Fitzgerald making about dreams and how they affect our lives? Be sure to look up the definitions of the underlined words.Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.  It  eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…And one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past  (Ch. 9).

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