The Great Gatsby: Characters

This The Great Gatsby: Characters lesson plan also includes:

"There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired." Can these definitions be applied to the characters in The Great Gatsby? And who is the protagonist of The Great Gatsby? Readers are asked to consider the rolls that the major and secondary characters play after reading the first three chapters of the novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • The activity focuses attention on how the characters act as foils for one another
  • Consider extending the lesson by asking individuals to craft a character map that represents the values that connect or separate the various characters

  • Consider asking groups to compare Nick's assessment of these characters with Gatsby's
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