All posts tagged: The Great Gatsby

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Stories with Sandee Woodside

This month I signed up an interesting small tutor-led class, “The Great Gatsby and New York,” on a new Taipei English course shopping website called MDT. It was the most interesting classes on the list, and it was the only class that was about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works. I’m a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald and so my thoughts are completely biased. When I saw the course description, I liked it immediately and was excited about the class. I wonder what it might be like to chat about Fitzgerald’s stories with real people in real life. “The Great Gatsby and New York” class that I attended was held every Wednesday night in the month of June (3 lessons in total) after work from 7:30pm to 9pm in a small meeting room inside an old office building nearby Guting MRT station in Taipei city. The location was great for all of us and was close to National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University. The class was led by Ms. Sandee Woodside, a thirty year old writer, poet, and teacher from New …

Writers on Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a letter to his editor Maxwell Perkins in 1922 as he began to write the novel which became The Great Gatsby, “I want to write something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” Ernest Hemingway said in his memoir A Moveable Feast, after reading The Great Gatsby, “When I had finished the book, I knew that no matter what Scott did, nor how preposterously he behaved, I must know it was like a sickness and be of any help I could to him and try to be a good friend. … If he could write a book as fine as The Great Gatsby I was sure that he could write an even better one. I did not know Zelda yet, and so I did not know the terrible odds that were against him.” His editor at Scribner, Maxwell Perkins, considered the book “extraordinary.” “You have plainly mastered the craft,” he wrote, “but you needed far more than craftsmanship for this.” T.S. Eliot reported that he had read …

Similes Examples in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

  A simile is a comparison of two things using the word “like” or the word “as”. Below are some examples of similes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic American novel “The Great Gatsby.” “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.” “Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans” “Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.” “Instead of being the warm centre of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe – so I decided to go East and learn the bond business”. “The late afternoon sky bloomed in the window for a moment like the blue honey of the Mediterranean .” “The rain cooled about half-past three to a damp mist, through which occasional thin drops swam like dew.” “A damp streak of hair lay like a dash of blue …