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The Great Gatsby


									The Great Gatsby
             by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 One man’s experience with the American dream – its
   glory and tragedy. The Great Gatsby is a brilliant,
bitter satire on the failure of the Jazz Age. It is a novel
     of its time but it also a novel for all times in its
 depiction of the American preoccupation with wealth.
Pre-Reading Ideas
                    • How would YOU describe the
                      American Dream?
                    • What is your definition of “wealth” or
                    • What are American’s attitudes
                      towards wealth and poverty?
                    • What is YOUR attitude towards
                      them both?
            " They're a rotten crowd' I shouted, across the lawn. 'You're worth the
                whole damn bunch put together'" from The Great Gatsby
The Roaring 20’s
Gatsby’s Setting   • When: 1920’s
                   • Where
                     – New York City
                     – East Egg
                       (old money)
                     – West Egg
                       (new money)
                     – Valley of Ashes
Major Characters

                                d   d

“Her voice is full of money.“
     --Great Gatsby
Gatsby’s Popularity

                      “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." from The Great Gatsby

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