'The Great Gatsby' Questions for Study and Discussion

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Famous & Controversial Jazz-Age Novel

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby. Scribner
The Great Gatsby is the most famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. But, what does it mean? Why is the book so controversial (banned/challenged)? What does the book have to say about the state of society? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to The Great Gatsby.

Questions for Study & Discussion
  • What is important about the title of The Great Gatsby? Answer
  • What adaptations were made of The Great Gatsby? Is there a movie? Of the versions you've seen (or know about), which one do you prefer? Answer
  • What are the conflicts in The Great Gatsby? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) are in this novel? Are they resolved? 
  • How does F. Scott Fitzgerald reveal character in The Great Gatsby
  • What are some themes and symbols in The Great Gatsby? Symbols? How do they relate to the plot and characters? 
  • Is Gatsby consistent in his actions in The Great Gatsby? Why did he change his name? Do you ever find him fake (or contrived)? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why? Jay Gatsby
  • Is Gatsby a strong character in The Great Gatsby? Is he "great"? Do find any of the other characters stronger? How? Why? Jay Gatsby
  • Do you find the characters likable? Would you want to meet the characters?
  • Does the novel, The Great Gatsby, end the way you expected? How? Why?
  • What is the central/primary purpose of The Great Gatsby? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
  • How essential is the setting to The Great Gatsby? Could the story have taken place anywhere else? In any other time?
  • What is the role of women in The Great Gatsby? Is love relevant? Are relationships meaningful? Answer
  • Why is The Great Gatsby controversial? Why has it been banned/challenged? Answer
  • How does religion figure into the novel, The Great Gatsby? How would the novel be different if religion (or spirituality) played a more prominent role in the text? Answer
  • How does The Great Gatsby relate to current society? How well did it represent the Jazz Age (society and literature at the time it was published)? Is the novel still relevant?
  • Would you recommend The Great Gatsby to a friend?
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