The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby text guide

The Great GatsbyPublished in 1925, The Great Gatsby is a staple of American literature. It follows the lives of a set of characters in the fictional town of West Egg, exploring themes such as moral collapse, idealism and the American dream.

This text guide will help you explore the context in which it is written, the themes and images that are addressed, the intricacies of the characters and the way the plot develops.





F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald 1921When F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940, he had no idea his relatively unsuccessful The Great Gatsby would become a key part of English literature curricula around the world in a matter of decades. Read more . . .

Context of The Great Gatsby

The Jazz Age1920s America was a time of considerable social change, a period that saw the rise of mass culture and consumerism - an era that F. Scott Fitzgerald called The Jazz AgeRead more . . .

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Synopses and commentary - Chapter by chapter synopsis, commentary and analysis of the entire novel.

Characters in the novel - Detailed analysis of the important characters in The Great Gatsby and the role they play.

The Great Gatsby Timeline - Helpfully puts history, literary events and F. Scott Fitzgerald's life side by side so you can make sense of events.

Themes in The Great Gatsby - Research themes and significant ideas that feature in The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby e-book - Read the book and research the text, all for free and online.

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