Setting is extremely important to The Great Gatsby, as it reinforces the themes and character traits that drive the novel’s critical events. Even the weather matches the flow of the plot. Gatsby’s reunion with Daisy begins in a ferocious thunderstorm and reaches its happiest moment just as the sun comes out. Tom’s confrontation with Gatsby occurs on the hottest day of the summer. Finally, Gatsby’s death occurs just as autumn creeps into the air. The specificity of the settings in The Great Gatsby contributes greatly to the creation of distinct zones in which the conflicting values of various characters are forced to confront each other.
read The Great Gatsby and write three articles that could have appeared in Town Tattle, a fictitious gossip magazine popular in the 1920?s and mentioned in Gatsby. You may use a newsletter template from Publisher to create your magazine. Be sure it is a newsletter that allows you to have 4 pages. Also make sure to leave no generic information from the template unchanged, . ?Newsletter Title? must be changed.
? You must write three articles in three different formats: one must be a news story based on the events of chapters of 7 and 8, the other 2 may be written in the form of a feature story, an editorial, a letter to the editor, an obituary (not just a death notice), or an interview. Consult real magazines and newspapers to review formats, check out websites: , https:/// . However, remember you are writing for a print magazine in 1922 so do not make it look like a blog.
? Each article must contain at least two concrete details from TGG with appropriate parenthetic citations PLUS at least one, correctly cited, real world, concrete detail accurate to 1922. You will use MLA research methods to glean the factual element for each article. For example, if you write a feature story about the Gatsby?s parties, you might research the names of real celebrities popular in 1922 who may have been in attendance. Try https:///search/query?srchst=p
? You must create one original, hand drawn or computer-created illustration. You may NOT just cut and paste. Stay off all Gatsby websites. All illustrations must be intelligently captioned. Additional illustrations may be added, though are not required.
? You will include a Works Cited to list all resources, including illustrations. This may be on the last page of your magazine or on a simple word document
? You will be graded on your content, as well as your page lay-out. (Remember I?m a girl, and I like pretty.) You are welcomed to use a template from Publisher. I suggest one that accommodates 4 pages so you do not run out of room. If you use a preformatted template, be sure to change all generic titles, . ?put date here.?
? I am not specifying a word limit, but I imagine around 1,000 words will suffice. Remember paragraphs are judged by how they look in columns, not completed ideas. Be sure to include the required concrete details and enough juicy gossip to earn you an A.
? Submit to turnitin and to me electronically as an attachment to an e-mail; subject line Gatsby Gossip magazine AND YOUR CLASS PERIOD.