Dreams of Gatsby

Our next unit for grade 10 English is on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. In order to focus my infographic search, I used keywords from our unit’s Essential Questions, and so ended up with an assortment on Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the American Dream. I narrowed it down to two, primarily because I really like them both and know that my students are captivated by the “new” visuality of literature. 

The first infographic is a character map which I’ll use as part of the introduction to the novel as a whole. It’s a great way to grab their attention and allows them to visualize the complexity of character development. 


The Great Gatsby Character Map
From Visually.
The second infographic is entitled “The Cost of Being Great Gatsby” and is a cost analysis of the nuts and bolts that are Gatsby’s version of living the American Dream.
The Cost of Being Great Gatsby
From Visually.

I think I’ll use this infographic towards the end of the unit, after we have made our way through most of the text and discussed the ways that Fitzgerald uses his characters to portray various aspects of the American Dream. We’ll take some time to study the infographic and discuss what is presented. Then, I’ll have them write a blog post responding to the images and follow that up with a full-class Socratic Seminar.
Lesson script:
1. Blog Post: Based on the infographic, it certainly appears that Jay Gatsby has achieved the American Dream. Write a blog post in which you respond to the content of the infographic and connect it to one of our Essential Questions: 
  1. Is the American Dream real or is it an illusion?
  2. Does success = wealth? What does “success” actually mean?

2. Socratic Seminar: Discuss the ways in which the infographic is perhaps a critique of Gatsby’s lavish lifestyle and ultimately, functions as a commentary on Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the American Dream. 

One Reply to “Dreams of Gatsby”

  1. Hi Miriam,

    I thought the above infographic about how much Gatsby would spend in a year was super interesting. I was wondering, is this the amount that it would take for him to live today or in the 1920s. Because no matter what year, if servants are making 100k a year, sign me up!

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