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The Great Gatsby and Gossip Girl

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby and Gossip Girl

The Great Gatsby and Gossip Girl
Comparisons
Blair having to choose between her husband, Louis, and her lover Chuck Bass: Daisy choosing between her husband Tom and her lover Gatsby.
Questions
Do you think the author of Gossip Girl was influenced by Scott F. Fitzgerald?
Character Similarities
Serena Van Der Woodsen and Daisy
Society
Questions
Love
Chuck loves Blair like Gatsby loves Daisy.
Gorgeous blondes
Clueless
Run away from their problems
Confused with love
Chuck Bass and Jay Gatsby
Rich
Throws parties
Life revolves around
loved one
Dan Humphrey and Nick Carraway
Outsiders
Writers
Make their way into the elite

Upper East Side of New York
Non-stop parties

Wealthy young people
Paparazzi prone
Outsiders not welcome
"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... "
Money driven
Character flaws
"Three words.

Eight letters. Say it...and I'm yours."

Does Blair or Serena seem more like Daisy?
“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.”
Serena leaving town when things get rough: Daisy leaving after the accident.
Chuck and Blair get in a car accident while trying to run away together: Daisy and Gatsby get in a car accident while trying to start a life together.
Dan is a writer with an outside perspective of the Upper East Side, who went to Yale: Nick is a writer who also went to Yale and is an outsider.
Which is more to blame for downfalls in each of the stories: society flaws or character flaws?
Would Nick and Dan have different perspectives if they weren't on the outside looking in? How so?
Do you think Daisy truly loved Gatsby?
Was it society or personal characteristics that restricted relationships in Gossip Girl and The Great Gatsby?
Is Gatsby's obsession with Daisy cute and romantic or creepy?
Do you agree with Nick's last words to Gatsby that he is "worth the whole damn bunch put together"? Why or why not?
Do you think Gatsby died happy?
Do you think Nick belongs in West Egg?
Was Gatsby's love for Daisy a good or a bad thing?
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