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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

  • Some reviewers have noted a similarity between Jay Gatsby and Billy Lynch. Read The Great Gatsby (1925) and then write an essay comparing and contrasting Gatsby and Billy, their dreams, and the historical/cultural influences on them.
  • Investigate alcoholism and in a PowerPoint presentation, note its causes and treatment.
  • Maeve's story is presented from Dennis's and Dennis's daughter's point of view. Rewrite the scene at Maeve's house after the funeral luncheon from her point of view.
  • If you were to provide illustrations for the novel, what would you depict? Compose a drawing or painting that represents an important element of Billy's story.