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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Apr 04, 11

bookshelves: school-reads, fiction
Read in January, 1992, read count: 2

This is one of many books I was assigned in high school. I remember liking it. I am guessing that I would get much more out of it now with college under my belt. One passage from the novel has always stuck with me, in large part because of the way my high school English teacher singled it out. Tom breaks the nose of his mistress at a party. Just after reading this section in class, my English teacher stopped our reading. He then said in effect, “Notice how casually this plays. Notice how a woman being hit is allowed to happen and everyone just moves on. What does that say about the social climate of the time?” This moment, more than any other in high school, taught me the value of pausing when I read—pausing to consider moments of significance. When you pause in masterpieces like The Great Gatsby, you stand to learn valuable lessons.
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