- After reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's biography, in what ways is The Great Gatsby autobiographical? Which character might
Fitzgerald written more of himself or his life into?
- What parts of the novel do you connect with the 1920's exclusively? What parts do you think could happen the same way
- How do you think the characters, individually or together, represent the American Dream?
- How do the themes of dreams, wealth, and time in the novel relate to the social atmosphere of the 1920's?
- Discuss something new you may have learned from reading this novel about the social and/or political atmosphere
during the 20's.
- Do you think that Daisy's inability to leave her husband for Gatsby early on (and even after Tom figures out the
affair) is a result of social pressure from the time? Why or why not? Similarily, what do you make of Tom's affair with
Myrtle and why doesn't he leave the relationship either?
- Why does Gatsby feel the need to gain wealth, success, and have an extravagent life before reuniting with Daisy? How does
it reflect American culture and the American Dream of the time?
- It has been said that this novel represents the closest thing we have to the "Great American Novel." Do you agree or disagree
with this statement? Why or why not?