The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922, during the Roaring Twenties, a time of prosperity in the United States after World War I. The book received critical acclaim and is generally considered Fitzgerald’s best work. It is also widely regarded as a “Great American Novel” and a literary classic, capturing the essence of an era. This lesson will demonstrate the importance of this novel while also teaching the main aspects of this literary piece.
Creativity, critical thinking and analysis will be expected in the process of the given Cyberhunt. Instructions: 1. Fill in your name and surname 2. You will find several questions that are related to various websites. To answer each question you will need to click on the blue highlighted web address which will take you to the website that will offer the information needed to answer the questions. 3. Answer all questions on the page. 4. Once you have completed your work, save it under your name and surname in a folder that you have created. | Introduction to Question 1|
Each of the characters in The Great Gatsby have different personalities, come from various backgrounds and are over all very diverse. Some of the main characters names are: Nick Cannon, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordon Baker, Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson, Owl Eyes, Klipspringer and Meyer Wolfsheim. | Question 1| Match these statements with the characters that said them and explain and analyse the quote. Quote 1: I… read a chapter of Simon called Peter–either it was terrible stuff or the whiskey distorted things, because it didn’t make sense to me.
Quotes 2: Her voice is full of moneyQuotes 3: I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. | Hyperlinks for Question 1| http://www. brighthubeducation. com/homework-help-literature/40045-the-great-gatsby-quotes-explained-with-analysis/http://www. litcharts. com/lit/thegreatgatsby/quotes | Blooms Taxonomy Level: Knowing| Answer 1| | Introduction to Question 2| On the surface, The Great Gatsby is a story of the thwarted love between a man and a woman. The main theme of the novel, however, encompasses a much larger, less romantic scope.
Though all of its action takes place over a mere few months during the summer of 1922 and is set in a circumscribed geographical area in the vicinity of Long Island, New York, The Great Gatsby is a highly symbolic meditation on 1920s America as a whole, in particular the disintegration of the American dream in an era of unprecedented prosperity and material excess. The few months that the novel takes place over creates the story and demonstrates the metaphysical time in each of the characters’ lives and the progression of the story itself.
Food is on display, of course, at Gatsby’s parties – ‘on buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold’ – but this is really just a spectacle, another example of the conspicuous consumption of the Gatsby set, like Gatsby’s ‘gorgeous pink rag of a suit’. The ‘gold’ and patterns of the food let us know that they’re primarily a visual spectacle, an expression of luxury and of riches, much like Gatsby’s parties. | Question 3| Design a menu that you think would be enjoyed at one of Gatsby’s parties. Hyperlink to Question 3| http://historybyhistory. wordpress. com/menu/ | Blooms Taxonomy Level: Applying| Answer 3| | Introduction to Question 4| The Great Gatsby is a novel that stirs many emotions in the reader as so many events occur in a short space of time.
The story tells of the intimate lives of the characters, their motives and inmost thoughts. It also demonstrates other events, themes and motifs. | Question 4| Select parts of the story from the summary that were the funniest, saddest, happiest and most believable and interesting. | Hyperlink to Question 4| http://www. sparknotes. com/lit/gatsby/summary. tml | Blooms Taxonomy Level: Analysing| Answer 4| | Introduction to Question 5| In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the reader sees a common theme of corruption of the American Dream. In the 1920’s, the times are changing in America and morals are becoming looser and the lifestyle of the wealthy is more careless. New fashion, attitude, and music are what nicknamed this era the “Jazz Age,” greatly influencing Fitzgerald’s writing. He created similarities between many things in pop culture and the journey his characters Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Myrtle are taking to achieve the American dream.
Through the use of the lively, yet scandalous, jazz music from the 1920’s, Fitzgerald reflects the attitudes of the characters in The Great Gatsby at the end of innocence and prevalence of carelessness within the elite of New York’s society. | Question 5| Write the lyrics to a song that one of the main characters would sing if he/she became a rock star. Bear in mind that The Great Gatsby took place in the 1920s which was also dubbed the ‘Jazz Age’. | Hyperlink to Question 5| http://reading. cornell. edu/reading_project_06/gatsby/jazz_age. htm | Blooms Taxonomy Level: Creating| Answer 5| |
Introduction to Question 6| The Great Gatsby is a rarity; it’s one of those classic novels that toes the line into popularity, something not often accomplished by books that are praised for their literary prowess. But Gatsby’s combination of the setting (the Roaring Twenties), scandal, and themes about love and greed make for a book that both appeals to readers and makes a greater social statement. Not to mention, Fitzgerald’s descriptions and use of symbolism are breath-taking. | | Question 6| Write a blog entry reviewing the novel and use the blog examples given to aid your writing skills.