Marxism in The Great Gatsby


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What work by the German political theorist, Karl Marx, can be applied to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby?

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1. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby and Myrtle Wilson continue to show flashes of their impoverished origins, regardless of their expensive clothing, lavish surroundings, or polished demeanor. What Marxist idea does this suggest?

2. In The Great Gatsby, what Marxist theory about the evolution of society is suggested by the relationships between the Buchanans, the Wilsons, and Jay Gatsby?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the reasons that F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is such an acclaimed and studied novel is because of the multiple layers of interpretation woven throughout the story. One particular means of interpreting the novel, which you will go over in these questions, is from the perspective of Marxism. The quiz questions contained here will assess you on some of the ways in which The Great Gatsby exhibits Marxist ideas, such as the representation of specific characters and Marxist themes from the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Works on communism applicable to The Great Gatsby
  • What specific character traits represent
  • Marxist principles demonstrated by character relationships
  • The proletariat in The Great Gatsby
  • Nick Carraway and what he represents

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment questions to test your recollection of some of the main points on Marxism and The Great Gatsby discussed in the corresponding lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply concepts related to Marxism to the characters, plot and themes of The Great Gatsby in order to further enhance your understanding of the novel
  • Reading comprehension - answer the questions accurately to ensure that you understand the main points on how Marxist principles may be applied to The Great Gatsby

Additional Learning

For more information on The Great Gatsby and Marxism, read over the associated lesson Marxism in The Great Gatsby. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Marxist literary theory
  • Overview of The Great Gatsby
  • Class conflicts in the novel
  • What characters represent