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04.02 Identify Theme Worksheet

The Great Gatsby | English III
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Yesenia Puig

on 9 January 2014

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04.02 Identify Theme Worksheet
Type of novel choice
I am reading the book T
he Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
and the comparison piece is a poem by
Kenn Allan
called
The Roaring 20s
.
Theme Statement
The theme of the The Great Gatsby, to me, has to do with time they were living in. People made choices revolving on whether another person was wealthy and had high title in their 'class'. Status and money shaped everyone's decisions whether they had to with love, revenge, or anything else. These were definitely the times of money talks and everything else walks.
Primary Source
1.
The green light; it's a symbol that shows the distance in which they are separate and how different both of their lives are. You also learn in the first chapter where Gatsby is leaving towards the green lights. He is leaning towards is hopes and dreams, Daisy.
2
. In chapter 4 we see how badly and needy Gatsby is and how desperately he wants Daisy. He asks Nick to invite himself and Daisy over without letting her know. Once they run into each other at Nick's house Gatsby takes the opportunity to show her how he went from rags to riches. This is a step closer to him fixing his past of not being wealthy nor 'good' enough for her.
3. Wall Street crash in 1929; It foreshadows what occurred at the end of the novel.
Secondary Source
1. In the short poem there's a certain phrase that connects perfectly with The Great Gatsby, "
In a decade that roared with social amends
". Your class status not only controlled how you were looked at but it also could cost you your true love.
2. My favorite phrase in the poem has to be, "
As moral suppression and greed declared war
", because of it's direct connect to the novel. Morals weren't took into consideration when husbands where having affairs on their wives and wives were having affair on their husbands. And the greed aspect of the phrase has to do with the part where Daisy ran over her husband's mistress. She had so much greed on not wanting to share her husband but she too was cheating.
3. Your wealth seems to be a ticket to freedom on crime just like this phrase from the poem, "
While crime was ignored by the money it spends
", people in this novel committed murder and affairs and it seems as if because of their titles and wealth it doesn't phase them.
Sources
The Roaring 20s by Kenn Allan
http://kennallan.com/poems/time/theroaring20s.html
Wall Street Crash of 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929
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