April 18

The Great Gatsby

“I had no idea of originating an American flapper when I first began to write. I simply took girls whom I knew very well and, because they interested me as unique human beings, I used them for my heroines.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Picture at left is the book cover of the original 1925 edition of ‘The Great Gatsby’

Included below are links to websites which contain film clips, photographs and articles about The Great Gatsby, its author F. Scott Fitzgerald, the themes and context of the novel. Enjoy!

The Novel and its General Context:

The Great Gatsby – Mashpedia (a hub of video links.)

Great Gatsby – cartoon film

Gatsby’s life in cartoon – SparkNotes film

Context of The Great Gatsby – SparkNotes

Character analyses – YouTube film

Aquinas College Library:

You can borrow or watch the following DVDs from our library:

DVD0891 The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire (4 copies)

DVD0317 The Great Gatsby, starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford (2 copies)

Critical notes on The Great Gatsby are available in the library at 813.09 FIT (Barrons, Wizard and Insight notes)

813.09 FIT Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (History in Literature…The Story Behind…) – an excellent book which explains the historical context of the novel in simple language.

F FIT The Great Gatsby – the critically acclaimed graphic novel illustrated by Nicki Greenberg

The American Dream:

The American Dream

The Death of the American Dream

American Dream


Author John Green talks about  Ch.1 of The Great Gatsby and The American Dream (film clip)

Ch.2 – Life is fleeting (with John Green) (film clip)

The Roaring 20s: Crash course in American history (with John Green)

The 1920s – The main events and fashions of the 1920s. (film clip)

The Twenties (film clip)

The Roaring 20s Part 1 & Part 2 (2 film clips)

The Century: America’s Time – 1920-1929: Boom To Bust (film – 46 minutes)

Prohibition in 1920s America (film clip)

The Jazz Age (film clip) and The Jazz Age (Mashpedia)

Zelda – Musical based on the life of F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald (film)

You will find lots more information here.

The page FEATURE ARTICLES on Aquinas Reads will tell you more about feature articles, their focus and how to write in that genre.


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