F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American author of short stories and novels. His works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is known widely as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: The Great Gatsby is his most famous novel. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with age and despair.
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was the muse of the Jazz Age. She was the embodiment of modern and new things. She described herself as “without a thought for anyone else…I did not have a single feeling of inferiority, or shyness, or doubt, and no moral principles.” She was a “Barbarian Princess of the South,” long before she met and married the prophet of the Roaring Twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda was his personal inspiration and the model for almost every fictional heroine he created. Scott wrote, “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self-respect and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be…I love her and that’s the beginning and the end of it."
Great Gatsby is set in New York City and on Long Island, in two areas known as "West Egg" and "East Egg." Long Island's beach communities were, and still are, home to the rich and fabulous of the New York City area. Fitzgerald actually lived in a small house in West Egg. Apparently, he listened to his teachers and wrote what he knew, because Nick describes his own house as "an eyesore" that's "squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season."
Roaring Twenties Opened in the 1920s, just after World War I, and right in the middle of Prohibition, when alcohol was effectively illegal. Plenty of people manufactured, sold, and drank alcohol anyway, like all the characters in the book, who seem to be constantly drunk, and Gatsby, who made his money bootlegging: selling illegal alcohol.
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 November 22, 2013 The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Synopsis (Questioning, Clarifying, Predicting, Summarizing, Illustrating) Questioning: Could Nick be an unreliable narrator? Clarifying: elation - a feeling of joy or pride supercilious - having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy fervent - felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings Predicting: Gatsby is a lonely person regardless of his fortunes and that’s pretty much all he has. Summarizing: The story introduces a quote Nick’s father told him, “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” He says his father gave him this advice, but he ends up judging people regardless. “And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit,” demonstrates that Nick appears to have tolerance. “Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn,” represents how Gatsby’s actions are manifestations of his desire to be wealthy. Gatsby is able to maintain his wealthy-man persona by incorporating the superficial appearances of the upper class into his personality and surroundings. The interesting part of the statement, “And now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the “well-rounded man. This isn’t just an epigram — life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all,” is that Nick claims successful “well-rounded men” are the the most limited in life, despite being successful in multiple occasions. He believes this because he classifies himself as belonging to this group, since he attempts to look at the world from different people’s perspective. Nick does this to give off an impression to satisfy his family as well as impress society.
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 December 20, 2013 The Great Gatsby Chapter 2 Synopsis Questioning: Describe Mr. Wilson and Myrtle. Do they seem to fit into the setting? Clarifying: The valley of ashes is describes absolute desolation and poverty. It symbolizes moral decay hidden by the beautiful facades of the Eggs and in between lies the same ugliness as in the valley. Predicting: Daisy and Gatsby will continue their relationship and meet again. Summarizing: Nick refers to the land between the Eggs and New York as a "valley of ashes.” Nick travels to the city with Tom, who insists on stopping to show Nick his mistress.Tom acts like a jerk towards the husband and then sends Myrtle a message to come with him to the city. Myrtle's husband, George, is described as ignorant. He believes Myrtle just goes to the city to visit her sister. A discussion comes up about not marrying below your social class, which apparently Myrtle did. Nick meets Catherine and the McKee couple at the party. He ends up leaving the party intoxicated. What does that tell you about Tom? Clarifying: teutonic – thought to be typical of German people; relating to an ancient people who lived in northern Europe Predicting: Gatsby is actually a lonely person who throws big parties with people he doesn't know to make an impression. Nick will get to know him and they will become good friends. Summarizing: The valley of ashes is a demonstrates desolation and poverty, which is where all the poor characters in the book reside. Gatsby is a very well-known character in this book, but nobody really knows any information about him. He uses the party scene to remain a mysterious person. Tom comes off as a bully and someone who feels the need to hold dominance over everyone around him. Tom feels forced to keep Myrtle in Daisy's place, as he does not feel guilt for betraying her. images.rapgenius.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 December 20, 2013 The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 Synopsis Questioning: With Nick’s suspicions about Gatsby seeming untrustworthy, indicate why Nick’s sense of unreliability does not stop him from getting to know Gatsby for the person he portrays himself to be. Clarifying: fortnight- a period of two weeks prodigality- wastefulness or extreme lavishness convivial- merry; festive caterwauling- a shrill, discordant sound Predicting: Nick will become closer to Gatsby and discover for himself the truth about him. Summarizing: Gatsby has become well-known around New York for throwing luxurious parties every weekend at his mansion. Nick gets invited to Gatsby’s house and decides to join the festivities feeling somewhat out of place among the strangers. Guests began to exchange rumors about their host, Gatsby. No one seems to know the truth about Gatsby’s personal life and his wealth. Lucille speculates that Gatsby was a German spy during the war. Nick hears that Gatsby once killed a man in cold blood and is a graduate of Oxford. Gatsby tells Nick about how he attended Oxford because his family all graduated from there. Nick describes his everyday life to Gatsby and explains that he doesn’t spend it attending parties all the time. Nick comes off as a reliable character and that is shown more throughout the chapter which can conclude that Nick is one of the characters you can trust in this book. microwallpaper.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 December 20, 2013 The Great Gatsby Chapter 4 Synopsis Questioning: What is the significance of the green light and how does it connect to Gatsby’s search for the American dream? Clarifying: tactless - revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse engrossed - giving or marked by complete attention to Predicting: Make a prediction, root it in the text. Summarizing: Gatsby tells Nick about his past that seems hard to believe for Nick. Gatsby takes Nick to lunch and introduces him to Meyer Wolfshiem. Wolfshiem claims he was responsible for fixing the 1919 World Series. He comes off as a shady character with underground business connections. Nick gets the impression that Gatsby’s wealth was affiliated with Wolfshiem’s crime. Jordan Baker mentions to Nick that Gatsby told her that he is in love with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby forces Nick to invite Daisy over for tea without mentioning that he will appear in their presence. silverbirchpress.files.wordpress.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 March 20, 2014 The Great Gatsby Chapter 5 Synopsis Questioning: What does this chapter suggest about this dream of improvement? Clarifying: obstinate - persist stubbornly serf - a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord Predicting: Gatsby will tell Tom about him and Daisy. Summarizing: Gatsby is hiding by Nick’s house waiting for him to come home. He is nervous because he wants Nick to invite Daisy over for tea so he desperately invites Nick to Coney Island and to go for a swim in his pool. Nick tells Gatsby that he will help him with his plan. Gatsby is worried that Daisy will not show up and nothing is going as planned. Nick brings Daisy into the house but notices Gatsby had disappeared. Gatsby worries that things between them will not be the same as they once were. Nick leaves them alone for a while but the silence was awkward so he joined them again. After Nick leaves for a while, he comes back and sees how happy they are. Daisy is overwhelmed by Gatsby's luxurious lifestyle and begins to cry when he shows her his collection of shirts. 24.media.tumblr.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 March 24, 2014 The Great Gatsby Chapter 6 Synopsis Questioning: How truthful was Gatsby when he relayed the story of his life to Nick? Why does Fitzgerald tell the story of Jay Gatz now? Clarifying: contingencies - possible outcomes euphemisms - inoffensive expressions that stand in for potentially offensive ones debauchee - a person corrupted by indulgence Predicting: Gatsby will not stop insisting Daisy to explain to Tom that she never loved him. Summarizing: A newspaper man from the city come to get information about Gatsby because of the rumors he heard about him. Nick decided to tell him the truth about Gatsby. Gatsby grew up poor and his real name was James Gatz. Dan Cody became his best friend and mentor. According to Cody's will, Gatsby was supposed to inherit his money, but Cody's mistress intervened and ended up keeping it for herself. pleiades513.files.wordpress.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 March 24, 2014 The Great Gatsby Chapter 7 Synopsis Questioning: Analyze how Daisy acts towards Gatsby when he tries to convince her to admit she never loved Tom. What does her refusal to act upon that state about Daisy? Clarifying: Vicarious - taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute Rancor - ill will; hatred; malice. Predicting: People with find out the truth about Gatsby. Summarizing: Nick realizes that Gatsby is no longer throwing his luxurious parties and fired all his servants to find new ones that wouldn’t spread rumors about him and Daisy. Gatsby and Nick arrive at Daisy’s house for lunch, joining Jordan Baker. During their visit, Tom Buchanan loses his temper when coming to the realization that Daisy loves Gatsby. Gatsby responds to Tom’s attitude by saying Daisy doesn't love Tom, and that she only married him because Gatsby was too poor. Tom strongly feels that Daisy once loved him and always will and refuses to believe Gatsby. Tom reveals a part of Gatsby's past after Gatsby tries to convince Daisy to admit she never loved Tom. 25.media.tumblr.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 March 24, 2014 The Great Gatsby Chapter 8 Synopsis Questioning: Analyze how Nick has “disapproved" of Gatsby from beginning to end, do you think his thoughts about him have changed when he tells Gatsby, "They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together?" Clarifying: garrulous - excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters ravenously - extremely hungry; (of hunger or need) very great; voracious Predicting: Summarizing: Gatsby, still stuck on the idea that Daisy is in love with him, tries to figure out what will happen now. One of Gatsby's servants mentions that he's going to have the pool drained and Gatsby comments that he hasn't used the pool all summer. Nick reveals his feelings for Gatsby when he says, "They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." Gatsby decides that it's time to use that pool of his. Shots are fired. Nick ends up at Gatsby's house, and together with the staff discovers that Wilson has shot Gatsby and then himself. Both are dead. 24.media.tumblr.com
Shelby Frederickson Ms. McCrary Honors English 12 March 27, 2014 The Great Gatsby Chapter 9 Synopsis Questioning: After all the obstacles Gatsby has faced to achieve his dreams, describe how those dreams cannot be achieved in his present day. Clarifying: Surmise - infer from incomplete evidence Superfluous - more than is needed, desired, or required Elocution - an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture Borne - endured; carried Predicting: Daisy and Gatsby will not end up together and they will not live happily ever after as Gatsby dreamed of. Summarizing: Nick tries to get in touch with Daisy after dealing with police. He finds out that the Buchanans have left. Nick tries to contact friends and family for Gatsby, but no one wants to come pay their respects. There's a mysterious phone call at Gatsby's house confirming that Jay was involved in illegalities. Nick delays the funeral until Gatsby's father arrives. A man who knew Gatsby calls saying he is too busy to come to the funeral, but he wants a pair of shoes back that he left at the house. Nick feels shame for Gatsby, who was so generous to many people but only had one friend – Nick. Nick learns how Gatsby wanted always to improve himself as a child and wanted to rise above the life of the poor, uneducated family into which he was born. It’s horrible how hundreds of people came to Gatsby's parties but none came to his funeral. In the end, Nick realizes that Tom and Daisy were "careless people," people who made messes and then left others to clean them up. Gatsby was trying to run towards his dream, without realizing it was in the past behind him. “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." 24.media.tumblr.com
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