The Great Gatsby Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic #1

Summarize how F. Scott Fitzgerald uses local color and imagery to describe Gatsby’s mansion. Cite descriptive examples of rooms, décor, landscaping, and his view of the harbor. Does the imagery Fitzgerald uses depict a clear and accurate picture of the mansion and the surrounding landscape?

Essay Topic #2

Analyze Gatsby’s coming of age throughout the novel. What fears and emotions does he experience as he grows from a boy in North Dakota, a teenager, a soldier and a successful adult? How do his attitudes change as he develops from a young boy into a young man? Cite examples of the character changes Gatsby experiences from each stage of his life.

Essay Topic #3

What is the message Fitzgerald is trying to convey about the materialism of the wealthy and privileged in the novel? Does he depict a realistic and relevant view of human nature through...

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