THE GREAT GATSBY: READING QUESTIONS
1. Why are we still reading a book written in the 1920's? What gives a book its longevity? Reading old books helps us to understand more about today and the past. It helps us understand where things came from and why. History and old facts give a book is longevity.
2. How was the 1920's a reaction to WWI? The reaction to WW1 was the segregation of people with and without money and the importance this had in life.
3. Some people think that having money leads to happiness. Do you agree? Why or why not? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being wealthy. Money does not lead to happiness at all. This is because happiness is not what you own or have, but the love you have in your life. Yes, being wealthy assures you of all the things you want, but then you lose track of your NEEDS and your true self.
4. What is the "American Dream"? Where did it originate, and how has it changed over the centuries? The american dream is being wealthy and successful in life. It has changed drastically over years because nowadays youre so highly judged on this matter which makes people want and work for it more.
5. Have you ever wanted to relive a moment from your past, to redo it? Describe the situation. How and why would you change the past? One thing I would change in my past is my relationship with my sister. She is all moved out and grown up 24 years old, but i wish i had a closer bond with her like friends. I would've made more of an effort to look past her mistakes and what she did to our family at times.
1. Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope, or dream. Why does he do this? By using the words hope or dream alot shows that in this time period, these things were number one in people's lives and is a huge part of the book.
2. Nick starts the novel by relaying his father's advice "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the...