2 Anticipation guide1. When one comes by wealth illegally, he or she is very likely to pay for it in the end. 2. People who live in big cities in Eastern America are sophisticated, while people who live in Midwestern cities are simple and innocent. 3. It is no longer possible to attain the American Dream (to amass a fortune without compromising traditional moral values). 4. If you truly love another person long enough, you will eventually have a life together. 5. There is no difference between a family that has been wealthy for generations and one that was poor until just recently (old money vs. new money). 6. Money cannot buy happiness.
3 Anticipation guide 7. Anything you can do to “get ahead” in life or better your situation is acceptable. 8. You can and should only be in love with one person your whole life. 9. Reality is what we make of it. 10. Once the past is gone, you can never get it back. 11. If you have unintentionally done wrong, you should not have to be responsible for your actions. 12. A person’s behavior, occupation, and apparel are good indicators of what kind of a person he is.
4 Anticipation guide Reveals major themes HopeSuccessIgnoranceJudgmentDisillusionmentMoralityThese themes are implied rather than statedCharacters, setting, situations
5 Modernism Disillusionment with traditions and old values Modernism ElementSeen in the play? Why/why not?Example from play if applicableDisillusionment with traditions and old valuesAutomobiles make travel convenientEmphasis on leisure and party timeConcern with making moneyConcern with spending moneyAlcohol, once prohibited, becomes a way of lifeThe Jazz AgePrejudicesDisparity in wealthFragmentationImplied themeEmphasis on material goods
7 Narrative StructureReliability of narratorFlashbacks
8 Background “The Jazz Age” and “The Lost Generation” Glamorous life— Married Zelda Sayre“Internationally celebrated couple”Stock Market Crash 1929 “The Party is Over”
9 Setting1922 (most of the action) with some flashbacks sprinkled in for good measureGold Coast (North Shore—Long Island)West Egg (Great Neck) prosperous but pedigreedEast Egg (Sands Point) blue blooded family homes
10 Read chapter 1 and fill out study guide HomeworkRead chapter 1 and fill out study guide