Throughout the novel, James Gatz (aka Jay Gatsby) is oftentimes the life of the party. Before he was wealthy, Daisy loved him. Upon his return to the United States after WWI, he built a grand life for himself, and he was very involved in the New York social scene. Yet, once he is murdered, hardly any one shows up to his funeral.
Fitzgerald ultimately titled his novel “The Great Gatsby,” but he struggled to come up with a name. Before choosing this title he thought of names like “On the Road to West Egg,” “Under the Red, White, and Blue,” “The High-Bouncing Lover,” and “Among Ash-heaps and Millionaires.” Please respond to the following two questions:
1. Is the title of Fitzgerald’s novel appropriate? Why or why not?
2. If you HAD to re-name it, what would you title the novel?