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The Great Gatsby Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance through the novel's primary themes, including the definition of the American Dream. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- How does the narrator in The Great Gatsby describe Gatsby? He says Gatsby had an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as he had never found in another person.
- Describe the narrator's house in The Great Gatsby. The house is very average, middle-class. It is nothing extraordinary like his neighbors' houses. It is small and sort-of stuck in between the mansions, as if it had been overlooked.
- What did Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom? She told him that Tom had a mistress. It is interesting to note that she thought "everyone" knew about Tom's mistress, and yet she whispers a "family secret" about the butler's nose.
- When asked about her daughter, what does Daisy say? Daisy says, "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."
- How is Gatsby introduced into The Great Gatsby? His name first comes up in conversation between Nick and Jordan. Later, Nick sees him out on the lawn in the moonlight, but Gatsby quickly vanishes. These first appearances help introduce Gatsby's mysteriousness.
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