Character biography[ edit ] James Gatz hails from rural North Dakota and was born into a poor farmer family. Olaf College but dropped out a few weeks into his first semester because he hated supporting himself by working as a janitor. Cody became Gatz's mentor and invited him to join his ten-year yacht trek.
Examine Fitzgerald's use of Nick as narrator of the story. How are these similar to or different from the values of the other characters? What makes him "great"? What does he believe in? Is his dream worthwhile? Analyze Nick's attitude toward Gatsby's dream.
Do you think Nick is being too sentimental? What is meant by the phrase "the American dream"? How is Gatsby a novel about the American dream? How does our knowledge of his past help us to understand who he really is?
Analyze the symbolism of the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. Analyze the symbolism of the eyes of Dr. Examine the symbolic use of names in the novel. Are the names simply realistic or do they stand for something beyond themselves?
Examine the valley of ashes as a symbolic setting in the novel. How is it related to T. What values of the Buchanans are mirrored in their life-style? Examine the world of West Egg, especially Gatsby's mansion.
How is it different from East Egg. What does it represent? Examine Tom Buchanan as a character. How does he symbolize the world of the very rich? Examine Jordan Baker as a character, looking at her name, her honesty or dishonesty, her athletic career, her relationship with Nick.
Examine Myrtle Wilson as a character. What makes us sympathetic to her? How is she in some ways like Gatsby? Look closely at the world of Gatsby's parties and the people who come to them. Who are they and how do they feel about Gatsby?
He is based on Arnold Rothstein "the man who fixed the World Series". You may wish to do some research on Rothstein. Do some reading on prohibition in the s. How did the bootlegging business develop and who controlled it?
How does our knowledge of this affect our understanding of Gatsby? Fitzgerald admitted that Gatsby started out as a particular person and ended up as part of himself.
How is Fitzgerald like Gatsby? What aspects of himself does Fitzgerald seem to be dramatizing in Gatsby? Fitzgerald put another part of himself in Nick Carraway.After reading both F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Winter Dreams" and his book The Great Gatsby, it could be argued that there were many similarities and differences between the two stories.
They have similar storylines and similar characters, but are still in some way unique. The Great Gatsby Line That Came From Fitzgerald's Life—and Inspired a Novel F. Scott and Zelda's turbulent marriage gave both spouses material to write about, which in turn became writing.
Similarities / Differences a) similarities and differences between various characters in the novel b) similarities between various characters in the novel and in “Winter Dreams” c) similarity between Gatsby and a famous American IX. Ernest Hemingway A. Hemingway’s Writing Style (2 questions) i.
Hemingway code ii. Iceburg Theory iii. The great depression, bootleggers, Jazz, flappers and changing lifestyles are all part of the roaring 20’s. A time when women redefined themselves and music grew to an all time high.
This revolutionary and dynamic decade is the setting for The Great Gatsby and “Winter Dreams” both by F. Winter Dreams is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is atragic and introspective short story that focuses on themes ofwealth and power, as well as young love and beauty..
Like Nick in The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald found this new lifestyle seductive and exciting, and, like Gatsby, he had always idolized the very rich. Now he found himself in an era in which unrestrained materialism set the tone of society, particularly in the large cities of the East.