Letter to the Editor Assignment

letters_Editor_HeroLetter to the Editor

Great Gatsby Summative Assessment

Hayes – English 11

Due Monday, September 29, 2014

Assignment Objective

Students will be able to analyze The Great Gatsby through a critical Marxist lens by writing a letter to the editor responding to Jay Gatsby’s obituary from the point of view of either a proletariat or a bourgeoisie. 

Assignment Overview

Now that we’ve finished reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you will analyze the book through a critical Marxist lens by writing a letter to the editor responding to Jay Gatsby’s obituary from the point of view of either a proletariat or a bourgeoisie. This letter must reflect your understanding of the book, the Marxist Literary Theory, and the American Dream.

Letter Requirements

In order to earn full points, your letter must demonstrate your understanding of:

  • The standard format for traditional letters to an editor
  • The events in the book
  • The Marxist literary lens
  • How Gatsby represents the American Dream

Additional things to include in your essay

  • How does your speaker feel about the obituary?
  • Why does this person feel strongly about Gatsby?
  • Three points defending the speaker’s feelings
  • Sum up the speaker’s argument

 Terms/Concepts to Remember

Karl Marx

Proletariat

Bourgeoisie

Materialism

Marxism

Classism

Commodification

Capitalism

Old Money

New Money

Prohibition

Bootlegger

American Dream

 

Gatsby’s Obituary

James “Jay Gatsby” Gatz, was found murdered at his home in West Egg last Thursday evening. Born to farmer Henry Gatz in North Dakota, he later earned his bachelors degree at St. Olaf’s in Minnesota. Gatz served in the U.S army first division during the war. He worked with Mr. Dan Cody on his Yacht for five years and then moved to Long Island. He is survived by his father, Henry Gatz, of North Dakota. Funeral services will be held at three o’clock Saturday at Mr. Gatz’s home. A burial service will follow at four o’clock at the West Egg Cemetery.

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