Gatsby: romantic or stalker?

Fellow American Literature teachers, having taught this book for over 30 years, I have noticed a real change in the way teenagers see the title character. Decades ago, students understood Gatsby’s “romantic readiness,” as Nick calls it, as Fitzgerald intended: extreme and unrealistic, perhaps, but pure. More and more in recent years, the kids are creeped out by Gatsby’s behavior, calling him a stalker. Have others noticed this reaction? How have you addressed it? #engchat


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