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1 Gatsby and the Lost Generation F. Scott FitzgeraldGatsby and the Lost Generation
2 F. Scott Fitzgerald – A Bio “The Great Gatsby does not proclaim the nobility of the human spirit; it is not politically correct; it does not reveal how to solve the problems of life; it delivers no fashionable or comforting messages. It is just a masterpiece.”Matthew J. Bruccoli
3 F. Scott Fitzgerald – A Bio Born in 1896 in St. Paul, MinnesotaAn indifferent scholar, but dedicated to writingSent to expensive boarding school in New JerseySaid that he felt like “one of the poorest boys in a rich boys’ school.”Grades not good enough for PrincetonHe persuaded the school authorities to admit himOpened his eyes to the “rich and unprejudiced” East after his upbringing in the “closed and conservative” Midwest
4 F. Scott Fitzgerald – A Bio Enlisted in the Army in 1917 – WWI was ragingNot a very good officer – never made it to the frontDrew from his personal life for Gatsby and Daisy’s relationshipGatsby published in 1925Didn’t meet with the success he had hopedDied of a heart attack in 1940
5 The Lost Generation Fitzgerald’s Contemporaries Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises)John Dos Passos (The Big Money)Theodore Dreiser (Sister Carrie)Sinclair Lewis (Elmer Gantry)William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury)
6 The Lost Generation Lived through horror of the “War to End All Wars” Characterized by a deep rift with their elder generationFitzgerald’s generation felt an absolute break with the standards and ideals with their eldersWhy?
7 The Lost Generation Blamed parents for ills in the world Prohibition World War IScandals of the eraAnger, Betrayal, Loss of InnocenceRebellious Literature
8 The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby is built upon the language of rebellion, of societal challenge.In each group, list as many themes as possible in two minutes. Be prepared to share your ideas.
9 Conflicts East vs. West Reality vs. Illusion Haves vs. Have-nots Urban vs. RuralKnowledge vs. IgnoranceApathy vs. Action
10 Richard Corey by Edwin Arlington Robinson Whenever Richard Cory went down town,We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim. And he was always quietly arrayed,And he was always human when he talked; But still he fluttered pulses when he said, "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked. And he was rich—yes, richer than a king, And admirably schooled in every grace: In fine, we thought that he was everything To make us wish that we were in his place. So on we worked, and waited for the light, And went without the meat, and cursed the bread; And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,Went home and put a bullet through his head.
11 One Art by Elizabeth Bishop The art of losing isn't hard to master;so many things seem filled with the intentto be lost that their loss is no disaster.Lose something every day. Accept the flusterof lost door keys, the hour badly spent.The art of losing isn't hard to master.Then practice losing farther, losing faster:places, and names, and where it was you meantto travel. None of these will bring disaster.I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, ornext-to-last, of three loved houses went.I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.---Even losing you (the joking voice, a gestureI love) I shan't have lied. It's evidentthe art of losing's not too hard to masterthough it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.
12 Group Journal Assignments Group 1 – Analyze “Richard Corey”. Discuss the difficulty of the poem’s language and how the language affects the interpretation.Group 2 - Analyze “Richard Corey”. Make an inference into what the poet intends to convey to the reader through Corey’s actions.Group 3 - Analyze “Richard Corey”. Discuss any themes or aspects of the poem that are also present in The Great Gatsby.Group 4 – Analyze “One Art.” Discuss the poet’s tone and mindset. How is this tone conveyed?Group 5 - Analyze “One Art.” Make an inference into what the poet intends to convey to the reader thematicallyGroup 6 - Analyze “One Art”. Discuss any themes or aspects of the poem that are also present in The Great Gatsby.
13 Imagery ExerciseWrite a poem in which you use vivid imagery to re-create a powerful memory. Prepare a list of concrete details describing the incident. When you write your poem, focus on creating vivid, sensory imagery, not worrying about perfect rhyme or rhythm.Create and type no less than twenty lines. Decorate the page appropriately.