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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
-said Gatsby and him were close Gatsby -stayed at Daisy's house
-swims in pool West Egg
Gatsby's funeral "I didn't want to go to the city. I wasn't worth a decent stroke of work but it was more than that-I didn't want to leave Gatsby. I missed that train, then another, before I could get myself away."
Chapter 8, Page 161 "Gatsby shouldered the mattress and started for the pool...and in a moment disappeared among the yellowing trees. No telephone message arrived... Gatsby himself didn't believe it would come and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, payed a high price for living too long with a single dream.
Chapter 8, Page 169 "Were you a friend of my boy's, Mr.-?"
"We were close friends."
Chapter 9, Page 176 Themes Setting "His house had never seemed so enormous to me as it did that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes...There was an inexplicable amount of dust everywhere and the rooms were musty as though they hadn't been aired for many days." Pg 154 Dreams vs. Reality
False American Dream
Time "It amazed him- he had never been in such a beautiful house before. But what gave it an air of breathless intensity was that Daisy lived there...There was a ripe mystery about it, a hint of bedrooms upstairs more beautiful and cool than other bedrooms, of gay and radiant activities taking place through its corridors and of romances that were not musty and laid away already in lavender but fresh and breathing and redolent of this year's shining motor cars and of dances whose flowers were scarcely withering. " Pg 155 " Her porch was bright with the bought luxury of star-shine; the wicker of the settee squeaked fashionably as she turned toward him..." Pg 157 "There was a faint, barely perceptible movement of the water as the fresh flow from one end urged its way toward the drain at the other. With little ripples that were hardly the shadows of waves, the laden mattress moved irregularly down the pool." Pg 170 "A small gust of wind that scarcely corrupted the surface was enough to disturb its accidental course with its accidental burden. The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of a compass, a thin red circle in the water." Pg 170 "When I left the office the sky had turned dark and I got back to West Egg in a drizzle." Pg 180 Characterization Methods Used by Author Flashback Character Actions/Choices "He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night."
Page 189 "Dimly I heard someone murmur 'Blessed are the dead that the rain falls on.'" Pg 183 Symbolism Nick goes to Gatsby's house and learns about why Gatsby fell in love with Daisy
Nick leaves and tells Gatsby he's better than anyone else
George Wilson is consumed by Myrtle's death
Gatsby goes for a swim and is shot by George Wilson, who then kills himself
2 Years after Gatsby's death, Nick writes about how nobody comes to Gatsby's funeral
Gatsby's father comes and is proud of him
Nick decides to move back to Minnesota Character Conversations "That's my middle-west- not the wheat or the prairies or the lost Swede towns but the thrilling, returning trains of my youth and the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark and shadows of holly wreaths thrown by lighted windows on the snow." Pg 184 "Even when the East excited me most, even when I was most keenly aware of its superiority to the bored, sprawling, swollen towns beyond the Ohio...even then it had always for me a quality of distortion." Pg 185 -Gatsby's pink suit -Klipspringer's call Key Events Foreshadowing "West Egg especially still figures in my more fantastic dreams. I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouching under a sullen, overhanging sky and a lustreless moon." Pg 185 "His gorgeous pink rag of a suit made a bright spot of color against the white steps..."
Chapter 8, Page 162 Gatsby requesting to go for a swim shows that something important will happen in the pool later
Nick learning about what happened to George Wilson after the crash foreshadows that George will do something awful
The reporters coming to ask questions about Gatsby shows that nobody really knew him, foreshadowing the lack of people at his funeral Character Changes Relevance to Period Daisy
Wilson Author's Significant Choices Connections "On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more." Page 188 Pg. 187 "And if you think I didn't have enough of my suffering- look here, when i went to give up that flat and saw that damn box of dog biscuits sitting there on the sideboard I sat down and cried like a baby." Showing Gatsby's reasons for loving Daisy
Weather when pool was about to be drained
Having George Wilson see Dr. T.J. Eckleburg's eyes as God
Difference between the East and the West
Having all major characters be Westerners
Having almost no-one come to Gatsby's funeral "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Page 189 Pg. 168 "By half passed two he was in West Egg where he asked someone the way to Gatsby's house. So by that time he knew Gatsby's name." Nick
Tom Gatsby Connections Between Characters Gatsby, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and Nick
Tom and Daisy
Nick and Owl Eyes
Fitzgerald and characters
Scarlet Letter: Dimmesdale and Gatsby Similarities: Differences: All characters and Nick Green light
Long Island Sound
Gatsby's blue lawn
"Hopalong Cassidy" book Symbols Motifs Weather
Deceit "I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock.... Gatsby believes in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. " Chapter 9, Page 189 "He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it." Chapter 9, Page 189 "I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all...and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life." Chapter 9, Page 184 "I don't know how he knew about the funeral or even his name. The rain poured down his thick glasses and he took them off and wipe them too see the protecting canvas unrolled from Gatsby's grave." Chapter 9, Page 183 "There was a slow pleasant movement in the air, scarcely a wind, promising a cool lovely day." Chapter 8, Page 159 I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all-Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Chapter 9, Page 184 "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made..."
Chapter 9, Page 188 Questions? The Scarlett Letter
Time period relevance The 1920's and American Dream
Gatsby falling in love with Daisy
Tom and Daisy not coming to the funeral
Gatsby's father being proud of him "I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life." Wilson -kills Gatsby "It excited him too that many men had already loved Daisy - it increased her value in his eyes." Connections: Realism (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
themes such as moral corruption are also used as satire Romanticism
Fitzgerald talks about the Midwest in a Romantic way in order to emphasize certain ideas "'Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he's got about improving his mind? He was always great for that.'" Chapter 9, Page 182 "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money...." Chapter 9, Page 188 Taboo Time