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THE GREAT GATSBY

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Transcript of THE GREAT GATSBY

Biography of the Author
Major Themes
LOVE
- The relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan

vs.
- The relationship between Tom Buchanan and Daisy Buchanan

SOCIAL CLASS
-
newly made rich (west egg) vs old money (east egg)

DECEPTION & LIES
- The swarm of lies between Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle Wilson

- Each character has their own secret which is entangled with another

GENDER ROLES
-
treatment of women vs men
Literary Forms
SYMBOLISM
The Valley of Ashes

The Green Light

The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg

IMAGERY
Plot Summary
Takes place in the summer of 1922 in New York City
A love story that wasn't meant to be
told from the perspective of
Nick Carraway
Moves next door to infamous
Gatsby
Daisy
- Nick's cousin
girl everyone wants to be & be with
Tom
- Daisy's husband
has old money
Jordan
- Daisy's friend
golfer who takes a liking to Nick
Witnesses affairs and secrets that shouldn't see the light of day
Not everything is as it appears to be
Archetypal
Feminism
"I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”
“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
“All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever.”
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
Born as Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

Location:
St. Paul, Minnesota

Birth date:
September 24, 1896

Attended Princeton from 1913-1917

First novel's success "The Side of Paradise" made him famous

"The Great Gatsby" was considered his finest novel

Later wound up excessively drinking

Moved to Hollywood after "Tender is the Night" sold unsuccessfully

On December 21, 1940, he died of a heart attack at age 44

"So we beat on boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." ~
The Great Gatsby
“Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply.”
THE GREAT GATSBY
THE LOVER
Love is blind

THE ADVENTURER
Wants vs. Needs

THE VICTIM/SCAPEGOAT
Playing sacrificial lamb
"He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room." (168)
Daisy
-seen as the pretty naive girl
- also name of a flower which symbolizes youth and innocence
- murders her husbands mistress
-has an affair with Gatsby, but doesn't go to his funeral
Myrtle
-mistress to Tom
-husband of George Wilson
-wants to better her life style
-also name of a vine
Jordan
-professional golfer
-described as cynical & direct
-opposite of Daisy's personality
-is a unisex name
Works Cited

Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 4 May 2014.
http://www.biography.com/people/f-scott-fitzgerald-9296261#awesm=~oE6NGdLkpR77bf

Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Great Gatsby Lies and Deceit Quotes Page 3." Shmoop.com.
Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 4 May 2014.
http://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/lies-deceit-quotes.html

Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Great Gatsby Love Quotes Page 1." Shmoop.com.
Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 4 May 2014.
http://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/love-quotes.html

SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 4 May 2014.
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/themes.html

"The Great Gatsby." Read Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2014.
http://www.publicbookshelf.com/fiction/great-gatsby/


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