The Great Gatsby Critical Lens Essay – E Period 


The Great Gatsby Critical Lens Essay – E Period

For our culminating assignment based on our study of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel,

The Great Gatsby, you will respond to the prompt below. Your essay must be submitted on TurnItIn by 9:00am on Wednesday, April 16 th

. You must also submit a hardcopy in class on the Monday we return. Points will be deducted for each day the essay is late.

Write an essay in which you discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, from the particular perspective of the statement of your choice below.

Critical Lens:

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power.” - Benjamin Disraeli


“…love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us.”

- Paulo Coehlo

Be sure to:

Specify the title and author in your introduction

Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens (put it into your own words)

Indicate whether you agree it


disagree with the statement as you have interpreted

Use only The Great Gatsby* as your major work

Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the work chosen

Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary devices as they fit into your analysis (for example: theme, characterization, conflict, setting, mood/atmosphere/tone, foreshadowing, flashback, irony,

 symbolism, point of view, etc.) to develop your analysis

Organize your ideas

Follow the conventions of standard written English

* on the actual Regents you must write about two major works