The Task: ANALYZE how Fitzgerald uses literary and/or rhetorical ELEMENTS (PLURAL!!!) to effectively reveal ONE major theme in The Great Gatsby. Basically, you are analyzing how Fitzgerald uses writing style to present and enhance his thematic message. As you read each of these, ask yourself…
• what is being argued, if it’s worth arguing, and what could be improved. • if each thesis statement would allow for a essay that effectively fulfills the assignment. • if these thesis statements are INTERESTING and INTRIGUING. • if the thesis is WELL-WRITTEN and CLEARLY makes sense!
NOTICE HOW MANY OF THESE ARE EXTREMELY SIMILAR?
KINDA BORING IF YOU ASK ME!!! (remember, I am the one who has to read and, more importantly, GRADE your essay…if you bore me, what do you think your grade will look like?) The ideas raised in many of the thesis statements below become boring and stale since they are repeated so much. Try to think out of the box.
NOTE: BE CREATIVE AND ORIGINAL.
Do NOT copy from these…use them to jumpstart your own thinking. Plagiarism of these thesis statements (even if it is paraphrased) will be heavily penalized.
1) In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the difference of appearance and reality. Appearance can lead you to false conclusions while reality is the truth of what is actually going on.
2) F. Scott Fitzgerald uses juxtaposition to unveil the social class barriers between “new money” and “old money.”
3) F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, portrays wealth and green throughout the novel by displaying the characters personalities.
4) F. Scott Fitzgerald uses dramatic irony in The Great Gatsby to portray honesty versus dishonesty through unknowing characters and the author’s “private” clues to the reader.
5) F. Scott Fitzgerald displays hollow success in The Great Gatsby as the inability to find true happiness through someone empty on the inside, Great...
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