English 3P Honors Unit Goal:
After reading and analyzing Modernist literature & F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, students will write an essay that analyzes the author’s use of symbolism and archetypes to convey Modernist theme(s) and aesthetic features.
Unit Essential Questions:
1. What is the American Dream? What are the defining characteristics of the American Dream?
2. How did American Modernists view the American Dream? Why?
3. How did American Modernist views about the American Dream as expressed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby define the “American” as an idea and the United States of America as a political and cultural entity?
4. How did the disillusion with the American Dream expressed by Modernist literature in U.S. history inspire and shape artistic, cultural, and political movements?
American Dream, disillusion, Modernism, subversion, alienation, antihero, archetype, symbolism, tone, mood, protagonist, antagonist, setting, subordinate characters.
Objective 1: Philosophical and Historical Contexts
Students can define American Modernism as a cultural movement and identify its philosophical and aesthetic features in literature and art.
Objective 2: Explore Disillusion & the American Dream in American Modernist Literature
By reading and annotating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, students will be able to 1.) evaluate philosophical attitudes and views of the American Dream and 2.) identify Modernist features of subversion, alienation, and antiheroes 3.) analyze the use of symbolism and archetype to convey theme.
Objective 3: Analyzing symbols and Modernist features in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
II. Writing: Prompts