Question: How does “the great gatsby” related to contemporary United States? What happened to the United States at that time? How does “The Great Gatsby” engage in the issue of east and west relations?
Method: analyze the context of novel, contect your understanding and context, the American history etc.
Textual field: The west in novel means area on the west of Ohio river, and the east represents that on the east of Ohio river.
Passages: Gatsby lives in west egg, and Tom lives in east egg.
(Professor’s suggestion: can utilize “Manifest Destiny”, Gatsby’s dream, National dream, “El Greco” to riches.)
Stakes: I want to focus on this question because this question lead us to understand what author want to communicate through Gatsby’s story.