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Great Gatsby & the Roaring Twenties: Synthesis resources

Driving questions

  1. How does ambition manifest itself and drive people's behavior, and what are the consequences?
  2. How do social identifiers shape a sense of self and drive people's behavior? Choose ONE of the following specific identifiers to focus on, and consider its intersection with others, if relevant: gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic class/status, geography, ability.
  3. How does the desire to be validated by others and establish or maintain membership in a group affect individuals or interpersonal dynamics?
  4. How does an "American" vision of individualism manifest itself and drive people's behavior, and what are the consequences?
  5. There is a tension in American culture between narratives about what America was, is, and can be. How does this tension between nostalgia for the past, discomfort in the present, and hope for the future affect individuals or interpersonal dynamics?

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