Year 11 Literature

The Great Gatsby - Long Essay


Your task is to carefully research, plan and write a comprehensive and thoughtful essay response to the given topic. You should aim to demonstrate an intimate understanding of the novel’s narrative and stylistic elements. You are encouraged to use a wide range of course terminology where appropriate.

Your essay should be 1500 words in length.

 A full and correctly presented bibliography will also need to be included to document references used throughout your essay.

      Footnoting is necessary where you cite directly from the text Gatsby(page numbers and edition cited);

      where you quote from any other source directly;

      where you use ideas not your own but you are not quoting directly.

Acknowledge all sources. Plagiarism will be severely penalised.



“The American Dream in its true sense, is the dream of a land in which life should be better, richer, and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability.”

Discuss to what extent the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald exposes the above notion of the American Dream as a myth, and indeed is focused on revealing the death and corruption of such a vision.


A list of relevant terminology will be provided. You are encouraged to use these terms appropriately.


Due date:

Thursday Week 1 Term 2



Through the study of this subject students should be able to demonstrate the following understandings:

         the moral, social and political meanings of literature;

         the concept of convention, and the understanding of the particular conventions of figurative language (e.g. image and metaphor), levels of meaning analysis (e.g. denotation and connotation), structure and reader positioning (e.g. tone, irony and point of view);

         the primary critical skills of textual analysis;

         the concept of genre:

       –      generic conventions, characteristics and expectations

       –      generic forms, structures and sub-genres

       –      plot and character in relation to genre

       –      relationship between conventions and form, and cultural influences

         text and context:

       –      cultural and historical significance of, and in, texts

       –      cultural myths such as stereotypes, gender images, power groups

       –      the meaning of different signs in texts in different times.