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The Big Questions: What is The Great Gatsby about ? What are the main themes, symbols, and motifs (either ones we’ve discussed or new ones)? How is this text distinctively American? Which characters are "seekers"? Goal : Examine your assigned passage with your partner, and talk about how it answers the questions listed above. It may not answer all of them. Tips: You may also link your passage to other parts of the book, if that’s helpful. Also, look up any words you don’t know. 1. I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration known as the Great War. I enjoyed the counter-raid so thoroughly that I came back restless. Instead of being the warm center of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe — so I decided to go East and learn the bond business. (3) Quote describing Nick’s life after the war. His dad funded him, which allowed him to move East and work in the bond business. Restlessness evolves as a theme in the book 2. Why they came East I don’t know. They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. This was a permanent move, said Daisy over the telephone, but I didn’t believe it — I had no sight into Daisy’s
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