I. Introduction Paragraph
a. Hook – Imagine living in the 1920’s where everything was different than from today.
b. Background – The 1920’s were a time of gender roles, money, love, and the American Dream. During this time, men were the dominant male out at work, and women were in the background doing work at home. People who had money were considered high class and they were living the “American Dream”. There were many married couples with kids who were living the American Dream. Men and Women loved each other, and most couples were married instead of divorced. The 1920’s were so much different than today.
c. Author and Title – Francis Scott Fitzgerald uses figurative language to help understand the characters, and their challenged relationships in The Great Gatsby.
d. Brief Description – In the 1920’s money was everything. Even though most of the characters had money in the novel, they were lacking something else, something more than money. Money does not buy happiness, but the characters cannot seem to understand that. Jay Gatsby had everything he ever wanted to have, except for the only thing he could not have. Gatsby was living the American Dream, but he was lacking a relationship with the woman he loved. His love for Daisy Buchanan eventually leaves him to die. This novel is a suspenseful romance that ends in tragedy.
e. Thesis – In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows gender roles, love, and money played in the 1920’s, while everyone is trying to live the American Dream.
II. Body Paragraph 1
a. Topic – The American dream in the 1920’s was to achieve success in life by having money and a family.
b. Introduction – In The Great Gatsby, the character that represents the American Dream is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby grew up in a poor childhood, but then gets to experience the American Dream by being wealthy and having a mansion. The only thing he is missing is a family, which is part of what makes the Dream. While on the outside it looks like Gatsby is living the Dream, he is really seeking for it on the inside. The symbol for Gatsby’s American Dream is the green light. Gatsby stares at the green light often, which shows that he desires for this dream, yet he cannot seem to find the American dream.
c. Context – Gatsby resembles all of the Americans whom are wealthy. Another character who links to the American Dream is Myrtle Wilson. She represents what many consider to be failure of the American Dream. Gatsby and Myrtle both coincidently die in the novel. Gatsby literally falls into a pool and dies, just like he dies while trying to live up to be the American Dream. Gatsby dies because he is so greedy for what he cannot have. Myrtle dies because she craves money, so that she can be living the American Dream. Both characters resemble that living the American Dream is a challenge that one may not be able to overcome.
d. Quote – "If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have...