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    Who else is studying texts that are not the popular choice ones like the 'The Great Gatsby'?

    I am studying the; 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, 'The God Of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy, Robert Browning poems and WH Auden poems.

    Although I quite enjoy these texts I really wanted to study 'The Great Gatsby' instead of 'The God Of Small Things'.

    Anyone else feel the same?

    Our teacher made us study
    -Great expectations
    -The Kite Runner

    However, GREAT EXPECTATIONS WAS A KILLER! So I borrowed Great Gatsby from the library and currently learning it in secret while the teacher assumes I'm doing Great Expectations. I know, it's risky. Any tips for Great Gatsby? Themes?

    Great Gatsby wise, don't go for the generic 'American dream' theme for the debate question... you can say so much more. Like how Fitzgerald is portraying a world where facades hide the corruption and sin caused by the carelessness of the wealthy. If there is a question on women, maybe say how Fitzgerald almost seems to be doing some back-handed gender equality thing, because if you think about it, he portrays the women, namely Daisy and Myrtle, as just as unchaste and corrupt as the men. We talked in class about how he seems to be dismantling the age old stereotype of the purity of women which seems so prevalent in literature. Another point, is that despite the fact that Daisy and Jordan are often depicted in white, it seems to be an ironic use of the colour, for the supposed purity etc that it is meant to represent is what the jazz age of Fitzgerald's novel is working to destroy. When considering the use of Gold, again the generic answer would be 'it could be Fitzgerald signifying wealth' but i think it is used more in the sense of representing the greed, materialism and corruption that comes with wealth. Also quite often within the book things that were previously gold are described as yellow, which could perhaps be Fitzgerald suggesting that Gatsby's light dims under stiff scrutiny, as we gradually uncover his true character.

    Good luck!!
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