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E3: The Great Gatsby

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"You ought to have a church, George, for times like this. You must have gone to church once. Didn't you get married in a church? Listen, George, listen to me. Didn't you get married in a church?"
- Mavro Michaelis
“God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”

-- The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
F. Scott Fitzgerald
(1896-1940)
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota
Buried in Rockville, Md.
Coined the term "The Jazz Age"
Married Zelda Sayre in 1920
Famous for drinking and parties
One daughter, Scottie, in 1921
Chapter 9
The Roaring Twenties
1920-
1933
Warm-Up:
What things stand out to you about this film trailer?
"I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
What are your first impressions of each of the following:
"No — Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men."
"In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. "
flappers
prohibition
jazz music
First impressions play a major role in this novel.
Jordan
Nick
Daisy
Tom
Gatsby
East Egg
West Egg
"The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be —will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved.”
The Great Gatsby:
Classic Adventures for iPad
Free download (first eight levels)
Complete game (44 levels) for $4.99
"I have been just twice in my life..."
How does this photograph relate to the end of chapter one?
How does this photograph relate to the end of chapter one?
Why do you believe that the author chose to include this specific image?
The Valley of Ashes
George B. Wilson
Myrtle Wilson
What are your first impressions of:
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg
DRUNK
Waste

Destruction

Immorality
"I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy."
Feminism in Focus:
What sort of INNUENDO have we come across so far?
RUMORS play a major role in this novel.
Jordan
Daisy
Gatsby
There are some nights I hold on to every note I ever wrote
Some nights, I say "---- it all" and stare at the calendar
Waiting for catastrophes, imagine when they scare me
Into changing whatever it is I am changing into...

And you have every right to be scared.

Cos there are some nights I hold you close, pushing you to hold me
Or begging you to lock me up, never let me see the world
Some nights, I live in horror of people on the radio
Tea parties and Twitter, I've never been so bitter
And you, why you wanna stay?
Oh my God! Have you listened to me lately?
Lately, I've been going crazy...

And you, why you wanna stay?
Oh my God! Have you listened to me lately?
Lately, I've been going crazy...

There are some nights I wait for someone to save us
But I never look inward, try not to look upward
And some nights I pray a sign is gonna come to me
But usually, I'm just trying to get some sleep...

Some nights!
David Belasco
American theater producer and playwright, famous for his incredibly authentic set pieces and stage decor.
"All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever..."
Tom
INNUENDO
EXCESS
WASTE
DECEPTION
"Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply."
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
What evidence supports the claim that Gatsby is genuine and down-to-earth?
What evidence supports the claim that Gatsby is shady or disingenuous?
1. Who gets into a car accident in Ch. 3?

2. Who "likes big parties" because they are "so intimate?"

3. Who "hates careless people?"

4. Which city
WIRES
for Gatsby during the party?

5. Which city
CALLS
for Gatsby during the party?
CHAPTER 3 RECAP
Why does Gatsby make a series of "home improvements" on Nick's house?
What does this reveal about Gatsby?
How does Gatsby behave before the afternoon tea?

What about during the tea?

After the tea?
Who is "James Gatz?"
And why is his identity an important piece to the puzzle of The Great Gatsby?
"I wouldn't ask too much of her,"

I ventured.

"You can't repeat the past."

"Can't repeat the past?"

he cried incredulously.

"Why of course you can!"
"I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking a little wistfully for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable
football game."
What is IRONIC about Mr. Wolfsheim's role in fixing the outcome of the World Series?
AMERICA'S PASTIME
"I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
what do these quotes reveal about the role of women in the 1920s?
"People underestimate the power of nostalgia. If baseball can use it to get people to care about that worthless sport, then I can use it to get my siblings to care about the farm. Nostalgia is truly one of the great human weaknesses, second only to the neck."
-Dwight Schrute
Is nostalgia a GOOD thing or a BAD thing? Why?
What is the
of each of these characters?
TOM BUCHANAN
JAMES GATZ
NICK
CARRAWAY
JAY
GATSBY
DAISY BUCHANAN
DAN
CODY
What does this suggest about Mr. Wolfsheim?
Other Rejected Titles
What's wrong with this photo?
Trimalchio

Trimalchio in West Egg

On the Road to West Egg

Gatsby
Before we look at rejected titles, let's talk about how we feel about the chosen title, "The Great Gatsby."
Trimalchio is a character in the 1st century AD Roman work of fiction Satyricon by Petronius.

Trimalchio is a freedman who through hard work and perseverance has attained power and wealth.

Trimalchio is known for throwing lavish dinner parties.

He seeks to impress his guests—the Roman nouveau riche, mostly freedmen—with the ubiquitous excesses seen throughout his dwelling.
Get to know Trimalchio
F. Scott Fitzgerald agonized over what to title this book. He re-titled the book nearly a dozen times, and made endless rewrites.
Does it fit?
What do you make of this word "great" to describe Gatsby?
Among Ash Heaps and Millionaires

Gold-Hatted Gatsby

The High Bouncing Lover

Under the Red, White, and Blue
"If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have
a green light
that burns all night at the end of your dock."
“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.”
What's in a name?
"Don't judge a book by its cover..."
Francis Cugat
painted the cover art for Gatsby in
1925
. He was commissioned to paint the piece before the book was even completed.
"Yeah, Gatsby's very careful about women. He would never so much as look at a friend's wife."
Daisy
Gatsby
Tom's Car
Gatsby's Car
Nick
Jordan
Tom
On the ride to NYC...
Daisy
Gatsby
Tom's Car
Gatsby's Car
Nick
Jordan
Tom
On the ride home...
"You loved me
too
?" he repeated.
Seeing Daisy's daughter has an profound impact on Gatsby.
WHY?
why did Gatsby fire his entire house staff?
and what does this reveal about him?
"It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night — and, as obscurely as it had begun, his career as
Trimalchio
was over."
"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
"I told her she might fool me but she couldn't fool God. I took her to the window [...] and I said 'God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me but you can't fool God!'"
"God sees everything," repeated Wilson.
Gatsby believed in the
green light
, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning----

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
"The poor son-of-a-bitch."

Rise from bed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.00 A.M.
Dumbbell exercise and wall-scaling . . . . . . . . 6.15-6.30 "
Study electricity, etc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.15-8.15 "
Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.30-4.30 P.M.
Baseball and sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.30-5.00 "
Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it 5.00-6.00 "
Study needed inventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.00-9.00 "

GENERAL RESOLVES

No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable]
No more smokeing or chewing
Bath every other day
Read one improving book or magazine per week
Save $5.00 [crossed out] $3.00 per week
Be better to parents
How do the dog biscuits reveal the true nature of Tom Buchanan's character?
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made..."
green
yellow
white
"GASPILLER"
je gaspille
alternate titles
"MAVRO"
Greek word for "black."
(Go ahead. Say it out loud!)
French homophone for "I waste."

FACT: Fitzgerald was living in Paris while writing the story of "Jay Gatsby."
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Questions Facts Reactions
WHAT DOES THE PHRASE
"THE AMERICAN DREAM"
MEAN TO YOU? EXPLAIN.
"Spin Doctor" = presents group findings
"My character is the best/worst..."
JORDAN
TOM
NICK
DAISY
"Gossip Columnist" = finds the dirt
"Image Consultant" = looks for positives
+ Nick Carraway
+ A dog
+ Bond business
+ Daisy and Tom
+ Some woman in New York
Write a brief summary of chapter 1. You must include each of the following terms:
"Correspondent" = email group findings
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