As we have discussed, the very American idea of self-invention is central to The Great Gatsby. Examine and develop an argument about the significance of self-invention in the novel, focusing on what the novel may be saying about the idea of self-invention in the context of American culture of the 1920s. This is not a character study but rather an argument about the thematic significance of self-invention. Your essay should proceed from a clear, debatable thesis (main claim), developed and advanced through critical reasoning (analysis and interpretation), and supported by textual evidence. Remember that your reader has read the book, so plot summary and character description is unnecessary. Focus on the novel’s ideas.