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Literary Analysis Of The Great Gatsby Essay Titles

This is a very fun, creative question. Given the fact that there are some highly quotable (and somewhat pithy) moments in the text of the novel, I'd suggest that we might look for quotations from The Great Gatsby itself for a title idea or two.

Here is a passage from early on in the text, pulled from the eNotes page of quotes from Gatsby:

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there...

This is a very fun, creative question. Given the fact that there are some highly quotable (and somewhat pithy) moments in the text of the novel, I'd suggest that we might look for quotations from The Great Gatsby itself for a title idea or two.

Here is a passage from early on in the text, pulled from the eNotes page of quotes from Gatsby:

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life.… [Gatsby had] an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again."

From this extended quote, we might take the phrase "An Unbroken Series of Gestures" as a potential title for an essay on Gatsby's ill-fated quest to recapture the past. Alternatively, we could isolate the phrase "An Extraordinary Gift for Hope" as a title on the same subject. 

Each of these phrases resonates with (1) the notion that Jay Gatsby is dedicated to a romantic and, arguably, highly unrealistic view of reality and (2) that Gatsby's greatest flaw was also his greatest virtue - the ability to dream. 

This vision of Gatsby is repeated in several places in the novel and given a clear rendition when Nick confronts Gatsby on the subject of his quest.

“You can’t repeat the past.”

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”

Using "Can't repeat the past?" as a title, your essay might start at the very beginning by using Gatsby's own words to describe his impossible aims. Gatsby is "The American Dreamer" dreaming the American dream, as is often pointed out in discussion of Fitzgerald's novel. So, using the idea of dreams and dreaming might also be a good way to go for the title of an essay on Jay Gatsby's romantic, idealistic and ill-fated quest.

When you’re analyzing a piece of literature in an essay, you either have to demystify the author’s source of inspiration or to give your own opinion concerning what you’ve read. Apparently, the second approach seems to be more thought-provoking and challenging. If you are lucky to write a literary analysis essay about The Great Gatsby by Frances Scott Fitzgerald, here are some original ideas aimed to help you decide on a topic you’re going to write about.

  • Author’s confession.
  • Does the author describe himself in a novel? What makes you think so? Whose character does Fitzgerald’s personality serve as a prototype?

  • The American Dream theme.
  • How do you understand this term? According to Fitzgerald, is the American Dream approachable or is it a mere illusion?

  • Storyteller’s allusions.
  • Do you embrace the whole story through Nick Carraway’s perspective? Do you feel there are certain things he avoided to mention? Is the narrator dispassionate about Jay Gatsby or not? What is your own attitude towards Nick?

  • Greatness and misery.
  • Is Gatsby “Great” or ordinary for real? Develop on Jay’s virtues and weaknesses. What is his personal tragedy? Do you fancy this character?

  • Heroes and villains.
  • Do you think it is possible to draw a clear line between good and bad people in this novel? Who’s an unquestionable hero, if there is one, from your own point of view?

  • Vivid depictions.
  • What is significant about Fitzgerald’s descriptive style? What elements does the author use to emphasize the mood of a story? Are there images that remarkably influenced your apprehension of a novel? In your opinion, what does the green light the author referred to in a novel embody?

  • Love and lust.
  • Is there true affection in The Great Gatsby? Do you think that Jay Gatsby is really in love with Daisy Buchanan or he is simply fond of the very thought of loving her? Does Daisy love Jay? Prove your point of view by using evidence given by the author.

  • The reverse side of success.
  • What exactly smoothed the way to Gatsby’s welfare? Did he achieve his wealth and status using his own efforts? Does his fortune make him happy?

  • Social disparity and wealth.
  • On what principle are characters nominally divided in a novel? What do they have in common?

  • The City.
  • How does Fitzgerald describe New York City and its suburbs? Do you trace the symbolism of his depictions? Express your point of view, but don’t hesitate to use quotations from a novel.

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