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IRP MP2

Question #1: Convince your readers, WHY your novel is awesome. Be creative!

An Emotional Connection and Pure Admiration 

In short, it's a well-told story of desires, dreams and disaster woven into the fabric of many lives. Such dreams and unrealistic expectations covering aspects of fear and despair can have no other outcome, but one that would cause sadness and confusion to its readers. Fitzgerald makes us care about the story, but not the people. Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Jordan are not people we can like. They don't want us too. Fitzgerald succeeds Even Nick, our narrator, is simply there to describe what is happening. For many that may have been the ultimate tragedy of The Great Gatsby. People can be so lonely, empty, and inward that they never can find what they truly want and keep pushing it away even as they rush headlong toward it, which is why it is so compelling all these years later. Human nature, when taken over by such desires and thoughtless directions, hasn't changed. Nick may long for the quieter life of the Midwestern heartland, but we know he won't find it. That can be as much of a false ideal as the mansions on Long Island Sound that trapped Gatsby.


Question #7: Point of view. The various points of views are the following:

- First person (I, Me, My)

- Second person (You, Your)

-Third person (We, We're, Names)

     - Third person Omniscient- Narrator is all knowing about ALL characters (Knows thoughts and feelings)

     - Third person Limited- Narrator is all knowing about ONE character (Knows thoughts and feelings)

     - Third person Objective- Narrator only states facts, no opinions


**Take notice how I cited evidence that had the words that signified what POV it is.**

Ol’ Sport

The point of view of The Great Gatsby is first person point of view. The narrator Nick is telling the story from his point of view. Our narrator states “I am one of the few honest people I have ever known” (Fitzgerald, 4). As Nick introduces himself in the novel, he wants to convince his readers that he is trust worthy and that everything he says with regards to Gatsby and his story is true. Additionally, “I lived in West Egg the – well, the less fashionable of the two” (Fitzgerald, 5). Nick continues to introduce himself in the beginning of the novel to make comparisons of where he lived compared to where Daisy lived. He uses the pronoun “I”, which indicates that he is telling the story.



Question #8: This is how I explained what moment in the novel should have changed. My second piece of evidence is MY OWN piece of evidence.


Get it together, Fitzgerald. This is how you should have done it.  

If one thing should change about the novel, it would be how it ends. The ending has always felt as if it were incomplete; as if it were missing something. The ending is when Gatsby gets killed by Wilson’s husband before of his wife being hit by a car Gatsby was in. “A Rope stretched across the main gate and a policeman by it kept out the curious” (Fitzgerald, 171). This is the moment in the text where Gatsby’s house is off limits to those who surround it because of Gatsby being shot in his backyard. Although, this ending does allow Fitzgerald’s readers to understand how people really felt about Gatsby, it cuts the story short. Here is how the author should have ended the story. Having known that Gatsby is disliked by Daisy’s husband because of the death of his mistress, Fitzgerald should have left that out of the story. Instead of Gatsby dying because of that, we should have seen daisy make a choice. An interesting choice would been Daisy leaving not only her husband, but also not wanting to be with Gatsby. “Daisy had an epiphany. She realized soon after Gatsby’s outrage with her husband, that neither of the men were for her. Daisy takes off and was never seen again” (Made up pieces of evidence). 



For Question #4, Where you have to find a novel, short story, poem, or newspaper article that relates to your IRP, make sure you do the following in your response:

1. State the title of the other text

2. Explain HOW they relate

3. Evidence from both stories should be cited and explained

4. In your explanation, you need to explain the connection

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