this week, i began my three week unit teaching The Great Gatsby.
in high school, when i was originally assigned this book, i wanted nothing to do with it.
& now, well, things have changed.
when i saw Fitzgerald’s novel on my current syllabus,
i couldn’t wait to devour & teach the pages.
one of the first quotes that struck me was the following:
Whenever you feel like criticizing any one … just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
no matter how much you currently have,
i think it’s an important reminder on judgment & not always letting first impressions cloud the view.
also, it’s a lesson on not waiting to read something that someone else deems important.
i’m so wishing i would have read this novel when i was seventeen,
but i’m fortunate that the opportunity has risen again-
trust me, i’m taking full advantage.
good on you, F. Scott!
(p.s. that’s not lipstick, it’s a pen)