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The Great Gatsby - First impressions of the characters

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by Maddie Mitchell on 2 September 2013

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Impressions brainstorm
The Great Gatsby - First impressions of the characters
By Maddie
Nick: the first impressions that we get from nick is from the first chapter. We are able to understand that he is an educated man as he quotes something that his father told him, "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages
that you've had."
Also from the use of first person narrative get the sense of the first impression of the book. We therefore know that he is going from memory, meaning that not everything of the text will be truth as memories are not very generally reliable. By doing this Fitzgerald was trying to convey to the reader that a lot of the story is false, so why tell a story where it could be false? He is trying to tell the reader that this novel is not about the story, it is about theme of the American dream.
However since he is seen as educational we assume that he is a reliable source. We think this because we are lead to believe that he is not a biased man, Therefore he is non-judgemental, even though he proves not to be judgemental further on in the book.
Daisy: The name in itself gives the imagery of daisy - the flower. The reader gets an image of the frail white flower, which is how the writer wants the reader to initially feel about daisy. White is representing her innocence, telling the reader that she is young. However white can also symbolism emptiness as white is a very bland colour, showing to the reader that Daisy, in the eyes of Nick, has very little personality. The idea of the flower shows femininity, showing Daisy as a girl.
Flower also suggests that Daisy doesn't do much, she is just there for display as flowers are associated with beauty and also an object to make things look nice. Therefore the reader gets the first impression of Daisy being just a beautiful item.
Gatsby: The reader does not actually meet Gatsby until his party which is a fair bit into the book. We only hear about him through the narration of Nick. Nick makes Gatsby out to be some what of a
mystery, as Nick does not know Gatsby until the party, he is only going by stories of what he has heard about him. "He was a son of God" - Chapter 6. Nick is putting Gatsby into an image of Jesus, showing that he is worshiped.
Fitzgerald also shows Gatsby as vulnerable and lonely before we meet him. Nick sees Gatsby one night at the end of the the
dock, “…he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away…” Nick is now narrating his views on how desperate Gatsby is to get is goal of true love. Overall our first impression makes us wonder about Gatsby and how he turned out to to become of desperate. This first impression of the character is showing how even the richest of men can be desperate, showing the idea that we are always wanting more.
Tom: When we first meet Tom Nick is going around to his house. "he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. two shining, arrogant eyes had
established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward." From this quote about Tom the reader gets idea of Tom being an intimidating man. However also
rather snobby with the words "supercilious manner." This impression is made so that the reader automatically doesn't like Tom, juxtapositioning him to Gatsby who Nick as the narrator wants to show as the better man.
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