Hope is a matter of unwavering perseverance. It is the warm glow of optimism that exists still when all other lights have dimmed or simply point in an uncertain direction. The remarkable power of hope is what humans use to escape the idea that their reality is forever. It is a beautiful thing, a pure […]

The nature of time is infinite, it is ever-present and forever moving in its perpetual course. It is not a tangible thing, while we as humans cannot grasp time in our hands, it is something that occurs undoubtably.  A constant flow of measured existence; nothing and no one, despite what we feel or wish can […]

What is time? “The indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession.” It’s a perspective, a measurement. It comes and goes, gives and takes, it passes. It is an experience. Sometimes invisible but sometimes, utterly distinct.  May 25th 1968 James Hunter Shotwell was killed in action by enemy fire near […]

Love Interest of the Main Character Judy Jones, in Winter Dreams, has a luminous, desirable presence, her physicality is alluring and “arrestingly beautiful”. Men are drawn to her image and presence, however they are unaware of what she is truly feeling and thinking, it is irrelevant to them because they are enchanted by her appearance […]

“Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.” Society and humanity have a proclivity to fabricate and present to the world a false version or image of themselves. F. Scott Fitzgerald reveals and critiques society’s inclination to present false images and illusions through his writing. He skillfully manipulates his language to do so, using allusion, […]

An important setting that Fitzgerald uses to illustrate an aspect of the American Dream, is the Valley of Ashes. This “desolate area of land” lies between West Egg and New York City, it’s inhabitants are people who work with a “transcendent effort” but despite this, will never gain the prosperity that reflects the immensity of […]

Fitzgerald has a very poetic way of presenting language. He uses the same devices consistently throughout his writing. Select three passages from the book (about a paragraph or two in length) that we have NOT annotated as a class. Annotate these passages and identify the language features that Fitzgerald uses. Explain the effect of these […]


Fitzgerald “accurately shows life and its problems” and he like to address the “moral dilemmas in the society”. One way that he does this is through the ideas (or themes) that he presents in his work. We have talked about the idea of “illusion” and that all of the characters and places in The Great […]

Create a map of the settings in the novel either digitally or on a piece of A3 paper. Next to each setting (there should be four in total) list at least two quotes from the novel that described that setting. PHOTO OF MAP 2. Each of the settings in the novel comment on an aspect […]