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The Great GatsbyStudy Guide The Great GatsbyStudy Guide Student Name: Desperately Seeking Someone Love can lead you to do some crazy things. Have you ever met someone you couldn’t get out of your thoughts? Did you make plans or go somewhere just in hopes of running into him or her? If so, you may understand a little about Jay Gatsby, the man at the center of this novel. Gatsby yearns so deeply to reconnect with someone he met long ago that he buys a mansion near the woman’s home and spends much of his waking life planning for them to meet again. Of course, things don’talways turn out the way we hope or expect. Is Gatsby “great” enough to win back his lost love? Be a Better ReaderAs you work through the study guide for The Great Gatsby, you will also practice these skills, which will help you when you read novels in the future, for school assignments or just for fun. 1. Describe the development of the main character. 2. Discuss how the plot develops throughout the novel. 3. Describe themes in the novel and trace their development throughout the text. 4. Cite textual evidence to support discussion of the novel. 5. Describe and analyze the role of setting in the novel. Behind the Scenes Many consider F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the most important novel of the 1920’s Jazz Age, a period of economic growth and wealthy excess between World War I and the Great Depression of the 1930s. During that time, the decadent lifestyles of people like the main characters in The Great Gatsbycontrasted sharply with the lives of working class people. Other characteristics of the age are part of the novel’s plot as well, such as anti-immigration sentiment, concerns about Prohibition and the rise of shady business dealings which profited from it. Get This! 1. The Great Gatsbyis told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby’s neighbor and the cousin of his long lost love, Daisy Buchanan. Notice how Nick’s opinions of Gatsby, Daisy, and their lives change throughout the novel. 2. The Great Gatsby includes several symbols that help readers get Fitzgerald’s larger meanings.