Historical context[ edit ] Set on the prosperous Long Island ofThe Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. Today, there are a number of theories as to which mansion was the inspiration for the book. Fitzgerald is also similar to Jay Gatsby in that he fell in love while stationed far from home in the military and fell into a life of decadence trying to prove himself to the girl he loved. Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant and was stationed at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama.
Stock learned off answers are not being rewarded — and rightfully so! Examiners complained that students had pre-prepared answers which they refused to adapt to the question asked. The similarities and differences are unlikely to simply occur to you on the day under exam conditions and the structure of comparing and contrasting, weaving the texts together using linking phrases and illustrating points using key moments is not something you can just DO with no practice.
But you MUST be willing to change, adapt, and select from what you know to engage fully with the question asked. This compliment, followed by a warning, was included in the report: Use what you know to answer the Q.
Anyway, you still want to know what the basic comparative structure IS but remember you do not know what you will write until you see the question. Even then, your brain should be on fire non-stop as you write your answer.
Link individual characters from different texts, establish the ways they or their circumstances are similar but also point out subtle differences. Address the Q, introduce your theme, then your texts — genre, name, author and mention the central character who you will focus on in your discussion of this theme.
Address the Q, introduce the idea of cultural context brieflythen your texts — genre, name, author, plus where and when they are set. You may want to mention the aspects of cultural context you intend to discuss. Address the Q, briefly introduce what literary genre means, then introduce your texts — genre, name, author.
Outline the aspects of literary genre you will discuss depends on the Q asked. Look at the following examples. Now look at how this changes for a different mode.
Now look at how this changes again: Imagine the Q is: This text explores cultural issues such as social class, ethnic identity and authority figures. In this text the major authority figure is Susan, the host of the dinner party, who desperately tries to keep her guests in line.
Finally look at this literary genre question: NEXT you need to think about structuring the essay itself. For theme or issue you might plan it out like this but at all times focus on answering the Q: How is this theme introduced? How is this theme developed? Do the central characters embrace or fight against it?
Do other characters influence how this theme unfolds?
What view is offered of humanity are the main characters likable or deplorable? For literary genre you must focus on the aspects mentioned in the question — possibly some of these:Symbolism in The Great Gatsby F.
Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, uses symbolism throughout the novel to create the characters and events of the post World War I period.
Indeed, The Great Gatsby is less involved with human emotion than any book of comparable fame I can think of. None of its characters are likable. None of them are even dislikable, though nearly.
Therefore, if The Great Gatsby is a great American novel, then perhaps there is a great deal of historical content of the ’s, biographical content, and in-depth character details, such as the similarities between the author Scott Fitzgerald and both Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby.
This list of important quotations from The “Great Gatsby” will help you work with the essay topics and thesis statements above by allowing you to support your claims.
A list of all the characters in The Great Gatsby. The The Great Gatsby characters covered include: Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker, Myrtle Wilson, George Wilson, Owl Eyes, Klipspringer, Meyer Wolfsheim.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.