The Great Gatsby

Lesson 7

Objective

Evaluate Fitzgerald’s use of foreshadowing and symbolism in the final chapters of the novel.

Readings and Materials

Target Task

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Writing Prompt

What is Fitzgerald’s message in these final chapters of the novel? Explain.

Key Questions

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  • Where in chapter 7 did you see Gatsby’s capacity for hope?

  • Track the author’s use of foreshadowing to develop the tension in these final chapters.

  • How does Nick view Gatsby’s feelings for Daisy? How do you know?

  • What symbols does Fitzgerald employ in these final chapters and to what effect? 

  • What is Fitzgerald’s message in the final paragraph of the chapter? Is it ultimately hopeful or hopeless?

  • How do Nick and Gatsby personify the tension between reality and illusion? Is Gatsby ultimately punished for his outlook on life?