It's time to come up with an original thesis for your Great Gatsby papers!
First, I'd like you to choose one of these "lenses" as a focus:
-Psychological (Desire, fantasy, shame, identity, etc.)
-Sociological (Class conflict, gender relations, etc.)
-Historical (WWI, Prohibition, American Dream, etc.)
-Mythological (The Hero's Journey, Archetypes, etc.)
-Existential (The Individual, Existence/Essence, etc.)
Looking at F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel from that particular angle, what point do you want to make about its story, its characters, its themes, its symbols, and/or its enduring legacy?
Before you decide, I'd like you to read the introduction and first chapter (7 pages total) of the book linked here, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, to get yourself in the right mindset for going beneath the surface and finding something interesting to say. Please print and textmark this.
Then, turn your interpretation into a thesis statement, using the novel or author as subject:
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S NOVEL THE GREAT GATSBY (demonstrates/explores/questions/etc.)
IN HIS NOVEL THE GREAT GATSBY, F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (creates/reveals/presents/etc.)
Finally, I'd also like you to do some freewriting, brainstorming or outlining so that you have some direction when we start working on the papers next class. This can be informal, but bring it in.
So to sum up,
1. Print and read the Intro and first Chapter of How to Read Literature ... from that link.
2. Write an original thesis interpreting aspects of the novel through your chosen lens.
3. Do at least a page's worth of freewriting, brainstorming or outlining for your paper.