Please forgive me for being late again with the discussion post although I don’t really have an excuse besides being lazy…and my coworkers getting me to watch Downton Abbey. (Downton Abbey!!!!! I WILL blog about this soon. It’s so good!!)
So today we are discussing last week’s reading of chapters 3-5. Want a recap? John Green to the rescue! FYI: After about minute 4, he goes into more of the book and the book in general. Minor, minor spoilers, but watch/listen at your own risk.
Or to be super, super brief…
Chapter 3: Gatsby’s party, Nick’s introduction to Gatsby and hanging out with Jordan
Chapter 4: Nick’s trip into NYC with Gatsby and Jordan’s revelation about a Gatsby-Daisy connection
Chapter 5: Gatsby-Daisy reunion
A few things before discussion Q’s.
Anybody else seen the 1974 film besides me? We watched it in high school after we read the novel, and I will forever (? or at least until the new movie) picture Robert Redford as Gatsby.
Daisy and Tom’s house is said to be inspired by this house in Sands Point, NY that was demolished last year. If you check out the article which has more interesting photos, apparently Fitzgerald was occasionally seen drinking on the patio.
On to the discussion questions!
-What did you think of Gatsby’s party?
-Now that we’ve officially met Gatsby, what do you think of him? Thus far in the story, do you think he’s earned the name “Great Gatsby”?
-What do you think about Nick’s assessment of himself at the end of Chapter 3: “Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”
-Did your opinion of Daisy change after hearing Jordan’s story and seeing her with Gatsby? Why/why not?
-What did you think about Daisy and Gatsby’s reunion?
Feel free to discuss any/all/none of these and anything you want in the comments! Next time we’ll discuss chapters 6 and 7 (hopefully on time!).