The great gatsby

Gatsby Essay Prompts


Make sure your essay has a clear thesis that is supported by direct evidence from the text. This essay should have proper MLA formatting, including in-text citations, headers, works cited, and all the other elements according to the MLA standards.


One of the novel’s themes is that the American Dream is corrupted by the desire for wealth. Does this novel and this theme show us the American identity in the 1920s?  Does this novel still do a good job representing an American identity, or has it changed. Use specific examples and quotations from the text to support your assertions.


Does this novel demonstrate the death of the American Dream? Why or why not?  Is the American accessible to all of the characters or are some characters doomed to fail from the start?  Support all of your assertions with direct evidence from the text.


Trace the development of the narrator, Nick Carraway. How does he change throughout the summer of 1922?  How are these changes significant and how do they relate to the themes of the novel? Make sure you are backing up your assertions with direct evidence from the text.


Discuss Fitzgerald’s use of symbolism.  Pick three symbols and connect them to a theme in the novel.  Possible symbols to discuss include; colors, eyes of T.J. Eckleburg, the green light, biblical allusions, the characters’ houses, weather, etc..



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