Analyze the key diction used to characterize the setting as well as the major characters: Nick, Daisy, Tom, Jordan, etc.
Compare how Nick, Daisy, Tom, Jordan, etc., are characterized versus how Gatsby is characterized.
Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — Chapters 1 and 2
Juxtapose the choices the author makes in his characterization of Gatsby with his methods in characterizing the other characters. What is the impact of these decisions? Use specific evidence to support your answers.
What does the valley of ashes represent? Why is it significant that the Wilsons live there?
What were some of the arguments we raised about Nick as a narrator after our close reading? Are there details from the reading that support/challenge his role as a narrator? As one who judges? Continue to track evidence of his reliability as a narrator and of the limitations of a first-person narrator.
What specific settings are mentioned in chapters 1 and 2? What diction is used to describe them? What does this choice of diction convey about each?
What do we know about each of the characters we have met so far? What is the key diction that describes each?
What is the valley of ashes? How is it described? What might it represent? Who lives there?