About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the literary background of The Great Gatsby will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the literary context of this novel. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the literary context of The Great Gatsby
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning American literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Literary Context chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Literary Context chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any American literature question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary context of The Great Gatsby for a standard American literature course. Topics covered include:
- Literary modernism within the United States and its influence on The Great Gatsby
- How World War I impacted American authors
- Review of symbolism and how it is used in literature
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, his works, and a description of his life
- The Great Gatsby and books with connections, including similar tones and themes
- Explanation of important vocabulary words used in The Great Gatsby
- Reasons why this novel was banned in various regions
1. Modernism in American Literature
In this lesson, we will discuss the concept of literary modernism in the United States. We will explore its historical backdrop along with the very unique characteristics and authors that define American modernism which lasted from 1914-1945.
2. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century
In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.
3. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples
Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.
5. Books Like The Great Gatsby
''The Great Gatsby'' by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of the great American novels because of its portrayal of Jazz Age America and its themes of striving and doomed romance. This lesson will discuss its intersection with other great American books that explore similar themes.
6. Vocabulary in The Great Gatsby
In this lesson we explore some of the toughest and more antiquated vocabulary words that you will encounter when reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.'
7. Has The Great Gatsby Been Banned?
In this lesson, we'll focus on the themes and events in The Great Gatsby that have made the book controversial. We'll also cover some instances in which it has been challenged, and discuss calls for the book to be banned.
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