Essay Planning Grid’s

Describe at least one key character in the written text.                                       Explain how this character helped you to understand an important idea.

Character Idea Evidence
Nick Illusion-You can never fully hide from your true self “I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride.”

” I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”

 

“I lived at West Egg, the – well, the less fashionable”

Gatsby Illusion-you can not ever reinvent yourself, this illusion he hides behind will fall away “He threw dust into your eyes just like he did in Daisy’s,”

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”

“This fella’s a regular Belasco…What realism… didn’t cut the pages.”

Daisy illusion Not everyone is who they seem to be ” Her voice is full of money,”

“I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.”

Describe at least one important idea the writer developed in the written text. Explain how this idea helped you to understand an important message for teenagers. Note: ‘idea’ can refer to character, theme or setting.

Idea Message Evidence
American Dream What the higher class or famous lives seem like are different to their reality
Illusion Not everyone is what they seem or who they say they are
Gatsby Hard work and striving for your goals doesn’t mean you will always succeed

Describe at least one important event in the text.                                                             Explain how that event helped you to understand at least one key relationship

Key Event Relationship Evidence
Daisy and Gatsby Reunion – Daisy and Gatsby

The idea of them being together is an illusion

 

“If it wasn’t for the mist….”
Myrtle’s Death – Tom and Daisy

Materialism holds them together

“They were happy, yet they weren’t unhappy either”
Gatsby’s Death – Gatsby and Nick

Nick’s Admiration for Gatsby

Describe at least one important event in the written text.                                         Explain why the event had a positive/negative impact on one or more characters.

Key Event Effect Evidence
Daisy and Gatsby reunite Positive effect for Daisy and Gatsby
Nick meets Gatsby Negative effect for Nick because he gets caught up in Gatsby’s and Daisy’s messy love
Gatsby’s Death Positive and Negative effect for Nick because he realised that Gatsby had no one and that Tom and Daisy were not nice people

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