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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

  

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Themes

The Great Gatsby Themes

Society and Class

(Click the themes infographic to download.) America is a classless society. True or false? You'll have good support no matter which way you answer, but The Great Gatsby has a pretty clear answer: n...

Love

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Only fools fall in love, and the biggest fool in The Great Gatsby is, well, Gatsby. Tom and Daisy may have some kind of affection and loyalty for each ot...

Visions of America

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Did the American Dream die in 2008, or did it die in 1918—or did it never really exist at all? In The Great Gatsby, the American Dream is supposed to...

Wealth

(Click the themes infographic to download.) In The Great Gatsby, money makes the world go 'round—or at least gets you moving in the right direction. It can buy you yellow Rolls-Royces, "gas blue"...

Memory and the Past

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Pro tip from the olds at Shmoop: if the best years of your life took place in high school, you're in for a long downhill slide. There's nothing wrong wi...

Dissatisfaction

(Click the themes infographic to download.) You have a handsome, wealthy husband; a string of polo ponies; and a closetful of really nice white dresses. What more could you want? Apparently, a lot....

Isolation

(Click the themes infographic to download.) There's a reason they called it the Lost Generation: the world Fitzgerald lived in, and the world his characters inhabit, is one without connections, fri...

Mortality

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Sure, there's the hit-and-run and murder/ suicide at the end. (Oops. Did we spoil it for you?) But The Great Gatsby is also interested in metaphorical ki...

Marriage

(Click the themes infographic to download.) If the marriages in The Great Gatsby are anything to go by, we want nothing to do with marriage. Love? Optional. Loyalty? Definitely not. The only marria...

Gender

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Here's a fun scavenger hunt for you: see where and how often the word "woman" shows up in The Great Gatsby. (Helpful hint: this online text is searchable...

Lies and Deceit

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Nick may say that he's one of the few honest people he knows, but we're not so sure about that. The Great Gatsby is built around lies, and why should thi...

Education

(Click the themes infographic to download.) In The Great Gatsby, education is a must-have for the socially elite. For the most part, characters in The Great Gatsby are well-educated – this is re...

Compassion and Forgiveness

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The characters in The Great Gatsby all show a unique combination of a willingness to forgive and a stubbornness not to. Gatsby is willing to forgive Dais...

Religion

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The fact that religion is absent among the upper echelons of society suggests that a moral standard might also be absent – as much is borne out by cha...

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