Smore Portfolio Project
By Elijah Barker
Reading and Writing
In the great gatsby, we come to realize that Jay Gatsby, changed his name. His reasoning behind this is because he wanted a new identity. It was driven by his scarring past and Daisy’s promise. She promised to wait until he had money and a stable situation, but that promise was broken and she married Tom. Ever since then his goal was to get her love back. He hosted extravagant parties and flaunted his wealth. Hoping that society would perceive him in the way he wanted so that Daisy could view him the same. “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” Page 61
When Gatsby was killed, the only people who attended his funeral were his father, Nick, the priest, and few others. “The minister glanced several times at his watch, so I took him aside and asked him to wait for half an hour. But it wasn’t any use. Nobody came.” page 133 This quote signifies who actually thought of Gatsby as a person, and not just a person who threw grand parties. These people were allowed in his home without him even knowing them, and they didn’t have the decency to attend his funeral. It just goes to show that you are only valuable when society can benefit from you.
In conclusion, society values wealth. And we see that claim with the life of Gatsby. He dedicated his unforeseen last days to seeking societal validation for justification of his new identity and actions. He was used to have a great time and a good night out by society, all because of his money and his image. Daisy as well. Knowing that she really didn’t love Gatsby but rather his wealth, she led him on. And his fascination with Daisy, ending up leaving Gatsby in a fatal situation.
Thinking and Making (Writing is Timeless)
Writing is Timeless
The clock never stops ticking
It comes to us bearing the
Aura of previous interpretations
While bringing along traces left
In cultures, through which they've passed
It is a body of work that constantly
Innovates, and generates new perspectives
Along with lacking the feeling of exhaustion
Reading and Making
Entry 1 (Chapters 1-3)
What language/characters/events present in the work reflect the current events of the author’s day?
For this creative response choice board, I chose to do Instagram posts. I did this for chapters 1-3. I chose to do this because it gave me the option to be in each charcter's own world and see their true thought and feelings and not from Nick's perspective.
Entry 2 (Chapters 4-6)
How does the author use imagery and symbols to represent larger ideas in the work?
For this creative response choice board, I chose to do a poem. I did a poem because to use Fitzgerald's symbols and imagery. I wanted my poem to reflect the book as much a possible. I used the poem to reflect on Gatsby's name changed. It explains how every action has a reasoning, which is not meant to be understand by all