Two songs for each chapter of The Great Gatsby?I have an English project where we are supposed to come up with three songs for each chapter and explain the reasons why they relate and support...

Two songs for each chapter of The Great Gatsby?

I have an English project where we are supposed to come up with three songs for each chapter and explain the reasons why they relate and support those reasons with lyrics. I was hoping that someone on here can help me by giving me a few song ideas and why.

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missjenn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some ideas:

Chapter 2: "City Lights" by Lucky Boys Confusion. It talks about being addicted to the city and needing the chaos to create calmness within oneself. It also deals with the concept of moving, which Nick has moved and is dealing with.


Chapter 3: There are a ton of "party" themed songs you pick for talking about this chapter!

Pink's "Get this party started" would be great to talk about the crazy vibe at Gatsby's party, however you can address the fact that Gatsby's role at the party is different than the one Pink is portraying.

"Well did you ev'ah" by Cole Porter (Robbie Williams does a cover) This song would be perfect, specifically because of the time period it was written. it deals with the rumors and stories being told at a party which are either inappropriate or absurd.


For more specific situations you could also use songs like:

"face down" by Red Jump Suit Apparatus to talk about the abuse that Daisy endures, with the cruel behavior and treatment from Tom. (Abuse is not always physical, it can be mental)

"Dissapearing Boy," by Green Day to describe Pammy, the child who really is invisible.

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are an almost-unlimited number of possibilities here! I'll outline a few and leave it to you to determine which might be the best fit and with which chapter.

I'm aware of three specific songs that were inspired by the artist's reading of Gatsby:

  • Eric Carmen's "Boats Against the Current"--an obvious reference to the last lines of the novel and the general themes.
  • Elliott Murphy's "Like a Great Gatsby"--an exploration of some of the character traits and faults of Gatsby himself.
  • David Bowie's "Can You Hear Me"--about love and relationships.

There are any number of other songs that might also connect to The Great Gatsby in a variety of ways:

  • Paul Thorn's "Downtown Babylon"
  • Neil Diamond's "America"
  • Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand"
  • Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" and "The River"
  • Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer" and "America"
  • David Massengill's "Great American Dream"
  • David Wilcox's "Rusty Old American Dream"

I'm sure others will identify many other songs as well.


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