THE GREAT GATSBY/THE ROARING TWENTIES
Work on the artcle in your textbook : New Bridges 1ère.
The Cannes Film Festival : click below for the English version!
The Great Gatsby
Trailer here :
Click on the cover to learn about the novel : Great resources!
watch 60second Recap : several recaps about the novel
Click here to read the novel : The Great Gatsby
The great gatsby : symbols and motifs : here
Unforgettable Robert Rredford and Mia Ffarrow in The Great gatsby (1974) : watch trailer and even CLIPS !
One I really love : Rich girls don't marry poor boys
Here is the passage from the novel; The story isn't told by Daisy to Jay, but Jordan, one of Daisy's friends, tells it to the narrator. Compare with the clip!
The closing lines of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel :
On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.
Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning ——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
The last page of Gatsby in Scott Fitzgerald's handwriting
Bill Nack reciting the closing lines of the novel , some of the finest lines in American literature
An iconic painting of the 1920's by Gerald Murphy, who was a good friend of F.Scott Fitzgerald's.
Cocktail by Gerald Murphy (1926) ( one of Fitzgerald's friends)
Listen to a comment
East Egg vs West Egg
The New Yorker about the film
The Paris Review, another article
THE ROARING TWENTIES
5th grade students tell you about the Roaring Twenties!
Play the game !
You will be a man or a woman living in the roaring Twenties : see if you can survive !
Painting by Gerald Murphy : Gerald Murphy and his wife Sarah.
FOR TEACHERS :
sur le site de Michelle Henry, Rescol 2 : a guide to the Roaring 20's
Mais il y a encore plus sur cette époque sur sa page PROHIBITION ! With great webquests
The new York Times offers lesson plans and activities for students
Here is the updated version I had not seen !
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