The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


I got picked again for the blog. To be honest, I don't think my name got picked out of the cup, but I was the only one that laughed when Mr. Sadgrove buckled (hahahaha) so he picked me. *Anyway, the focus of the lesson was settings - mainy in the The Great Gatsby, but also in the other texts we've been studying. So, the first thing we had to do was to write a headline for 'Town Tattle' (the magazine on the table in Mytle's apartment) focusing on the events in Chapter 4 and 5. For Chapter 4's headline I wrote ' GATSBY TO DAISY: "I WANT YOU BACK" ' and for Chapter 5 I wrote 'DAISY AND GATSBY'S FLING -PAGES 5 AND 6!". Don't know why, but when Mr. Sadgrove asked everyone what headlines they had done, the word 'revealed' kept coming up. *We then moved on, and listened (once again) to Nicholas Tredell (aka 'egghead' according to Mr. Sadgrove). Tredell commented on the use of 1st person narrator and -briefly - the use of Jordan as a modified 1st person narrator. Tredell said that the use of a first person narrator creates intamacy, involvement and immediacy between the narrator and the audience. However, Tredell also spoke of the negative side of a 1st person narrator. Sticking to a first person narrator, he said, means the narrator cannot always tell you about something, and how everything filters through Nick, which makes it debatable whether something is totally factual. *Then, we disussed 'Pathetic Fallacy'. This is defined as "when the inanimate reflects mood or sense or ideas. It's a form of personification." After this, we split in to 4/5 groups and each group was designated a setting in The Great Gatsby to study. The 4 settings were East Egg, West Eggm The Valley of the Ashes and New York. We then split up in to another 4/5 groups and discussed our respective settings that we had studied and made notes on each one. Homework: - Read all of The Great Gatsby (Tuesday) *NOTE TO EVERYONE: IF YOU'RE WRITING THE BLOG AND YOU HAVEN'T PUBLISHED IT, DO NOT CLICK ON 'CHECK PRINITING BALANCE'. IT CHANGED THE PAGE AND I HAD TO WRITE THE WHOLE BLOODY BLOG AGAIN. *Daniel.


  1. And for some stupid reason it wont leave spaces between paragraphs

    (* = where a new paragraph is meant to be)


  2. Nice blog Daniel. Just finished reading the book, I've got to say, I haven't felt this kind of hatred towards a fictional female character since Abigail from The Crucible. Literally hate much.


  3. I finished the book yesterday.. and wow, even though I knew what was going to happen I was still surprised.
    I kind of sympathize with Gatsby..

    cool blog DJC

    'sonny F

  4. Finished the homework whilst on trip

    Gatsby's 'love' for daisy got the better of him (what a gentleman)

    I blame Tom for the events that happened