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The Great Gatsby - The Background

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  • cover_gatsby_533d91c2c3df6.jpg The Great Gatsby may be the most popular classic in modern American fiction. Since its publication in 1925, Fitzgerald's masterpiece has become a touchstone for generations of readers and writers, many of whom reread it every few years as a ritual of imaginative renewal. The story of Jay Gatsby's desperate quest to win back his first love reverberates with themes at once characteristically American and universally human, among them the importance of honesty, the temptations of wealth, and the struggle to escape the past. Though The Great Gatsby runs to fewer than two hundred pages, there is no bigger read in American literature.

    This first video has an assignment at the end. DO NOT COMPLETE IT. You only need the information within the video.

    Watch the videos to the right to discover the background information to The Great Gatsby. Take notes! Use them to answer the questions in the discussion that follows.

    Use your notes in the assignment that follows!

    Works Cited:

    "F. Scott Fitzgerald." 2014. The Biography Channel website. Apr 03 2014, 12:42

    "The Big Read." The Great Gatsby. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.