The Great Gatsby Questions and Answers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Imagine you are Gatsby in The Great Gatsby: write a short soliloquy for him the moment after being shot.

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A soliloquy is an uninterrupted speech that an actor gives which provides the audience with his or her feelings at that moment and regarding the plot developments. In this assignment, your teacher really wants to know what you've learned about Gatsby's character.

The first thing to consider is what would have been on Gatsby's mind in those final moments. The clear answer is the only thing he's been working relentlessly toward for years: Daisy. So what would he want to say about her in those final moments? Gatsby dies very much alone, so he wouldn't be speaking directly to Daisy. Instead, he would be musing about Daisy.

Gatsby would not have suddenly turned against her. After all, he is fully ready to take the blame for a hit-and-run in her place. He protects her at all personal costs. In the end, would Gatsby say that it was worth it? Is Daisy worth dying for? Absolutely. If, in any way, Gatsby thinks that his death saves Daisy somehow, he would be happy to exit the world.

Another topic you might want to touch on is the wealth he's acquired. Were all those efforts worth the struggle? It does lead to Daisy, after all. But somehow, it is still not enough for her.

Gatsby does find one true friend in the book: Nick. I think he would garner at least a few lines about the importance of how crucial it is to have a true friend beside you through life's struggles.

You might want to close with Gatsby's thoughts on love in general. Has it made him a better man? You could also close with Gatsby's thoughts about appearances versus realities. Gatsby seems to have it all, but he lacks the one thing he most desires. Tom seems like the worse choice, but he's the man Daisy really wants. Gatsby seems to have many friends, but in the end they all desert him.

Don't worry too much about the format. Some soliloquies have cadence and rhyme, and some are written in free verse. The main challenge is to try to capture how Gatsby would talk to himself in those last few moments based on the things he considers most important in the novel.

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