28th August 2017

Significant Connections Plan

Overall feature: Character

4 texts:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Great and Powerful Oz
  • The Harry Potter series
  • The Rising trilogy

Statement= Sometimes expectation can be a dampener, sometimes it can lead to disappointment in reality. If you expect the world of every simple thing, life will seem very dull, but if you expect reality from the world, then every simple thing can/will be amazing, and above expectation.

Text 1: The Great Gatsby: Jay Gatsby

  • Gatsby lives a life that is a lie. He portrays a persona of himself and eventually convinces everyone (including himself), that this persona is real. He lives by this persona that eventually becomes it and lives it every day even though the persona is as fake as what Gatsby built
  • Author: F Scott Fitzgerald

Quote 1: ” … the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way.”

Quote 2: “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people—his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception, he was faithful to the end.”


Text 2: Oz the Great and Powerful: The Wizard of Oz

  • The ‘wizard’ of Oz is just an ordinary man who was an illusionist/magician on Earth. When he is transported to Oz, however, he uses his ‘magic’ to put himself in good stead with the locals, and in turn he inherits all of the gold in the emerald city’s keep/treasury. When the time comes, he uses smoke and mirrors to make his enemies believe that he is back from the dead and then he vanquishes them.
  • Movie director: Samuel M Raimi

Quote 1: “I might not actually be… a wizard.”

Quote 2: “But then Toto, Dorothy’s dog, discovers that the Wizard is no god. … When Toto rips the curtain to the side, the Wizard of Oz realizes he’s been found out, and tries to cover it up by shouting over his loudspeaker, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

The connection between text one and text two: The connection between these two texts is within the name. Both of these texts/films have the words, ‘The Great…’ at the beginning of their titles. The illusion part of these title words is that both of these characters are fake, are a persona. The Great and Powerful Oz was a fake magician who just uses science, machinery, smoke, and mirrors to create his so-called, “magic”. The Great Gatsby is just a persona as well, but this one is to get the attention of his previously unobtainable love, Daisy.


Text 3: Rising trilogy: Darrow (Reaper)

  • Darrow is the lowest of the low at the start of this text, being a ‘red’
  • Author: Pierce Brown

Quote  1: “But I’m only a bloodydamn red!”

Quote 2: “I can’t do this anymore, how many more people will die following me?”

The connection between text two and text three: The connection between these two texts is that both of the main characters have a reputation that proceeds than which means that they are constantly trying to appease the each and every whim and expectation of the people who believe them.


Text 4: Harry Potter series: Harry Potter

  • harry potter believes that he is just a normal boy but when the half-giant Hagrid brings a world of magic into his life with the words “You’re a wizard, Harry.”
  • Author: J K Rowling

Quote  1: “There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “ It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Quote  2: “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

The connection between text three and text four: The connection between these two texts is that the main characters of both of these texts have the huge weight of responsibility and the expectation that they are great and wonderful, put on their shoulders.

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