American Icons: The Great Gatsby
This NEH-funded podcast from Public Radio International explores The Great Gatsby in conversation with actors, scholars, and writers.
Questions for Part 1 (00:00 to 16:15)
- Why does Jonathan Franzen describe the book as a "miracle of American literature"?
- What parts of the book seem to resonate with the authors and scholars interviewed on the podcast?
- Why does the podcast describe the book as "the great American novel"? Do you agree with this characterization? Why or why not?
Questions for Part 2 (16:15 to 36:00)
- Why didn't people approve of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in the 1950s?
- How does Fitzgerald's novel work as social criticism?
- What parallels does Lauren use to adapt The Great Gatsby to create the movie G?
- What is the function of music in the novel?
Questions for Part 3 (36:00 to 59:00)
- How does The Great Gatsby contribute to building "moral frameworks"?
- How does the context in which the book is read shape interpretations of it? How have different educators taught about the book?
Finally, EDSITEment provides a lesson plan for reading The Great Gatsby in light of the economic and social climate in which Fitzgerald wrote the novel (grades 9-12).