Monday, April 7, 2008

The Great Gatsby -- The beginning...

"The Great Gatsby does not proclaim the nobility of the human spirit; it is not politically correct; it does not reveal how to solve the problems of life; it delivers no fashionable or comforting messages. It is just a masterpiece." These are the first lines of the preface of my edition of the book.
What does this mean?
Keep track of the characters as we read. We will chart this together in class.

Questions to consider as we read chapter one:
How does the narrator describe Gatsby?
From where does the narrator come and why?
Describe the narrator's house.
Describe the Buchanans' house.
How does Nick know Daisy and Tom?
Describe Tom. What is our impression of him in chapter 1.
What kind of person is Daisy?
What did Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom?
When asked about her daughter, what does Daisy say?
How is Gatsby introduced in the novel?

A map of Long Island:

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