The Great Gatsby

Multi-Genre Project - Rayhaan Hameed


Poverty and Riches

One of the most important themes to the classic novel The Great Gatsby was the contrast between the rich and the poor. This can be seen clearly through the juxtaposition of the Valley of Ashes, where the dirt poor lived, and West and East Egg, where everyone with the most money resided. However, this theme can also be seen in the character dynamics between Gatsby, Tom, Nick, and George. Wealth and money is what drives characters like Gatsby and Tom, while poverty has influenced the actions of people like George. Gatsby grew up very poor, but made the respectable climb to riches and fame, all in the pursuit of a single goal he obsessed over. Tom, on the other had, was born into privilege, as the Buchanans had a long line of success in their family. Nick is starting out his pursuit for wealth as he moves into West Egg and begins trying to sell bonds. The man locked in poverty is George, who while humble and kind hearted, is stuck in his unfortunate predicament of being apart of the poorest of the poor. The way these characters interact with their personalities directly connected to their wealth is what helps make The Great Gatsby a timeless read.

Chapter 1

Found Poem

Across the courtesy bay

Tom Buchanan

His family were enormously wealthy

He'd brought down a string of ponies

A man in my generation was wealthy enough to do that

I lived in West Egg

The less fashionable of the two

My house was an eye sore

All for eight dollars a month

On my right was a colossal affair

A factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville

Spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy

It was Gatsby's mansion


This is a poem using actual text from the book in Chapter 1. It contrasts the lives of Nick, who has just moves to New York, and the lives of Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, who have lived there for some time now, and are the first of the upper class that Nick meets. Tom lives in the richer East Egg, and was very rich to the point where he could live in extravagance, while Gatsby lived in West Egg, in a giant castle type mansion that was elegant with ivy. This differs from the life of Nick, who lives in an old run-down house.

Chapter 2

Three Bumper Stickers for Car

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These are three bumper stickers that could be seen on Tom's car as he and Nick drive through New York City. The first sticker represents Tom's affair with Myrtle, which is happening behind the back of his wife, Daisy. The second represents the way Tom takes advantage of George because he is poor. He promises to sell him his car, but in reality he doesn't plan to do so. The third represents Nick's first time experiences the party life of New York, as it is only the second time he had gotten drunk.

Chapter 3

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This is a postcard sent from Nick back to his family that lives in the West. At the end of Chapter 3, Nick states that he had been often writing back home. I believe this is what one of those postcards would look like. He is excited about the city life, while also curious about the interaction he had with his famous neighbor, Gatsby.

Chapter 4

Character Resume

Jay Gatsby


  • Brought up in San Francisco
  • Lived in Paris, Venice, Rome
  • Lives in West Egg
  • Known around New York for being very wealthy and throwing glamorous parties

  • Went to school at Oxford
Notable Experiences:

  • Served in The Great War
  • Began as Lieutenant before being promoted to Major
  • Earned a decoration from every Allied government
Notable Hobbies:

  • Collecting jewels
  • hunting big game
  • painting


In Chapter 4, Gatsby wants to gain the trust of Nick in order to be able to ask him for a favor. In order to gain his trust, he tries to quell any doubts Nick may have about him by giving him "God's honest truth" about who he really is. He explains about his young life, school at Oxford, and of the war. His resume impressed Nick, and he begins to believe what Gatsby says.

Chapter 5

Letter from a character to another

Dearest Nick,

I want to thank you for having me over for tea and for delivering the most splendid surprise I have experienced in a long time. It was absolutely marvelous seeing Jay once again and I owe it all to you. Its been a difficult five years since we became estranged, and I have spent many nights regretting our disconnection. But then you came along and changed that for the better. I can't even imagine how Jay must be feeling about all this. I hope for him to be as eternally grateful towards you as I am. On his behalf, I would definitely like to extend our most sincerest thank you to you. You have reunited two people who mean so much to each other and God will reward you for that. Thank you so much Nick.

Yours Truly,

Daisy Buchanan


Chapter 5 contains the first interaction in the book between Daisy and Jay. While at first it was awkward and uncomfortable, they eventually loosened up and became the friends they were before. The man responsible for this reunion being possible was Nick. Therefore, I see this letter as what Daisy would say to Nick because she is grateful that she gets to see the man who was very important to her before.

Chapter 6

Twitter Feed

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In Chapter 6, Tom gets to have a closer look at Nick's neighbor, Gatsby. Likewise, Gatsby also gets to have an extended interaction with the man married to the woman he loves. This scene at Gatsby's party foreshadows towards some possible tension or conflict between Gatsby and Tom that could happen later in the book. This is how Tom's discomfort with Gatsby could build up through this twitter feed, if he had one.

Chapter 7

Gossip Column about a major character

News Report:

It appears Mr. Jay Gatsby's days as the head host to the most exciting parties in all of the land have come to an inevitable end. As seen by many around town, the lights of his great castle have gone dark, and this brings suspicious questions into the light. What happened to one of the most polarizing characters of our time? Has who many people claim to be the "cousin to the devil" become sick? Or has he, according to another rumor, found a mysterious girl to have his own private parties with? It appears as though Mr. Gatsby has a soft spot for a certain special lady. Lets hope she doesn't catch word of his shady business dealings. Most likely a bootlegger who cheats his way to the millions, it would be a shame for Mr. Gatsby, who claims to be an Oxford man, to lose everything because of something as simple as love for a girl. Only time will tell where things go for Jay Gatsby.


After Daisy and Gatsby begin to get closer, he stops having his famous parties, as their only real purpose was to try to lure Daisy to him, and now that he has her, he sees no further need for the parties. This startles everyone who had attended his parties in the past, including Nick. People begin speculation as to whether he is sick or if he went away on a trip. Gatsby fires his staff because he didn't want gossip, but the press is capable of gossip too, and this is what a local news report would say.

Chapter 8

Arrest Warrant for a prominent character


It appears as though the true colors of the now infamous Jay Gatsby have shown their ugly head. Behind all the parties, the hospitality, and the exotic clothing was a dark and ugly secret that the man wished to hide from the public eye. Mr. Gatsby had been seeing a women, a women who was already married. Indeed, Myrtle Wilson, a resident of the poor Valley of Ashes, was committing adultery with someone she thought was superior to her hard working and humble husband, Mr. George Wilson. Myrtle was planning to leave her husband, who loved nothing more then her, to run off with this greedy bootlegger, Gatsby. However clearly something in the relationship bothered Gatsby, and so, without any hesitation, he murdered Myrtle Wilson. Driving his obvious yellow car, well above speeds that could be considered safe, Gatsby smashed into the poor Myrtle Wilson, and didn't even stop his car. Clearly this was an act of utter cruelty and cold intention. Gatsby would drive off as fast as he could away from the scene of the crime. He is now wanted for the murder of the innocent Myrtle Wilson, and we ask if anyone who has seen him, or a bright yellow car to please inform the authorities immediately.


One of the most climatic scenes in the book is when Daisy accidentally crashes into Myrtle and instantly kills her. Gatsby naturally, takes the blame for this, and along with Tom blaming him, and the color of his car, people believe that it truly was Gatsby that drove over Myrtle. The police would then convict Gatsby, and this is what a wanted poster of him could read.

Locate a striking photograph

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In this Chapter of the book, it is the aftermath of the killing of Jay Gatsby by George Wilson. The character Gatsby can be seen as a Christ figure, which relates to the picture. Jay Gatsby is similar to Christ because both men were selfless and died for the sin of another. Gatsby was believed to be the one who killed Myrtle Wilson, however, is was actually Daisy. Gatsby decided to take the blame for this, and he is eventually killed for this. The actions of Gatsby here can be seen as a sacrifice to save someone else, Daisy. This kind of action epitomizes what a Christ figure would do, as Christ himself sacrificed his life for the sins of others, albeit on a much larger scale.


I used this picture of Christ's death to relate with the death of Gatsby. I believed Gatsby to be a Christ figure based on his actions throughout the book. This picture is the symbolization of the sacrifice Gatsby made indirectly, similar to that of Christ.


Dramatic monologue of a character

Nick Carraway:

Oh how sad it is!

That splendid Jay Gatsby!

With his marble pool

heart pounding parties

gentlemen manners

all he wanted was to fulfill a dream

born into nothing

he climbed to the top

his dream was a flower

named Daisy

who he loved and felt married to

but she was as careless as her husband

careless people with careless money

that crushed the spirit of a dreaming Gatsby

a man who wanted to grasp the green light

but now lays in a casket

with no parties or money

to bring back the hope

of the Great Gatsby smile!


This is a monologue of the feelings Nick experiences at the end of the book. He saw as the best of all the people, while corrupt in his own ways, was dead. I imagine that he was naturally sad over the loss of the friend, but what made it more bitter was at how unfair it seemed. All Gatsby had was a dream of a life he so desperently wanted, and it was all taken away because of a mistake that was not his, due to people that were apart of a "rotten crowd".