Provided are two essay prompts for students to complete upon conclusion of the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The first essay requires discussion of Fitzgerald's pessimism about the American dream and his scorn for the Roaring Twenties.
The second essay focuses on the final lines of the novel and requires discussion about whether the metaphor is negative suggesting that humans cannot move forward, but are continually drawn back to the start or if the sentiment is positive, encouraging humans to strive to achieve despite their starting points and setbacks.
• Choose one prompt.
• Think about it.
• Develop a clear, strong thesis.
• Brainstorm ideas to support your thesis.
• Determine the main ideas of your essay.
• Locate and cite text to illustrate your points.
• Analyze and discuss points and quotes:
How do your points support your thesis?
How do the quotes illustrate your main points?
• Draw a conclusion that restates, but rewords your thesis statement.
• Please include at least four direct quotes from the text.
• Follow instructions in your Writing About Literature handout.
• Follow standard class format.
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