The Great Gatsby and Disillusionment of Social Status
Inquiry Questions: To what extent does Gatsby’s wealth, and all the luxuries that it provides, affect his ability to achieve what he desires? How do other characters’ attitudes toward wealth affect what happens throughout the narrative? Can class status be changed? How does the historical context of when a text was written, or the historical setting of the narrative, affect current readers’ interpretations? To what extent is Fitzgerald’s message sustained or lost to present-day audiences? How do Fitzgerald’s descriptions of geography and setting influence our understanding of character motivations and conflicts?To what extent are characters and Americans disillusioned, or unsatisfied with their lives (e.g., their relationships, employment, social status, wealth, families, personal histories, etc.)?