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Fitzgerald's Fantastic Fiction

Hosted by the Consul of the Singapore History & Literature Group
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Took place 2 weeks 5 days ago
Fri 28 Sep 18:30 - 21:30

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is most known for his novel, The Great Gatsby. This work has endured the decades and has inspired both movies and parties (I'm sure everyone has seen more than one Gatsby themed event). However, Fitzgerald was also a master of the short story, a form which he used to entertain readers by transporting them to imaginary worlds, and explore his views on the wealthy classes of America during the Jazz Age of the Protected content .

We shall meet over dinner and have a general discussion about two of Fitzgerald's short stories:

1. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
2. The Jelly Bean

The stories can easily be found on-line, but please feel free to contact me on email if you are unable to find them.

The discussion is meant to allow participants to learn from one another in a casual and open minded environment. It's not meant to be an academic discussion, but if anyone would like to employ literary criticism techniques in the discussion, you are most welcome.
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Discussion questions:

1. Which story did you like better and why?
2. Are there any particular lines or passages you particularly
enjoyed? What makes it special for you?
3. What do you think Fitzgerald was trying to discuss in the Jelly
Bean?
4. As a reader, how do you feel about Fitzgerald speaking to you
directly as he tells the story?
5. What do you think Fitzgerald was trying to discuss in the
Diamond as Big as the Ritz?
6, Can you pick up on any symbols or devices which he uses to
create his characters, explore ideas and communicate his
message?
7. Any points, angles, observations which you would like to share?

Bonus question: Can you compare and contrast any parts of these stories? (a humble prize awaits)

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