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The Great Gatsby {Chapter 1}

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Clara Bradley

on 11 January 2013

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The Great Gatsby By: Madison Weast & Clara Bradley Nick is the main character. He graduated from New Haven in 1915. He fought in the Great War. In Spring 1922, he headed East and joined the Bond Business. His house was on the tip of West Egg and lived beside the Gatsby Mansion. Nick Carraway Daisy is Nick's second cousin. Daisy's husband, Tom, has been friends with Nick since college. Tom and Daisy lived in an elaborate red and white mansion that overlooked the bay. Tom's family was very wealthy. Tom and Daisy have a three year old daughter together. Tom & Daisy Buchanans Jordan Baker, Daisy's friend from Louisville, was at the Buchanan's house when Nick first arrived. Miss. Baker was a slender, well presented lady that Nick enjoyed looking at. Jordan was a flapper and had attended Nick's neighbor, Mr. Gatsby's, parties that he holds at his mansion. Jordan Baker Nick's History Nick attended New Haven in 1915, just twenty-five years after his father graduated from there. He then fought in the Great War, and then headed East. Nick's father told him, "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." Nick lives on the very tip of West Egg, just about 50 yards from the Sound. He lives between two large mansions. Mr. Gatsby's mansion is on the right. Nick's house is the perfect size for him, but is very small and easily overlooked because of his neighbors' mansions. He only pays $80 a month for it. West Egg Nick travels across the Sound to visit his college friend, Tom, and his wife, and Nick's second cousin, Daisy. When he arrives, Daisy is very excited to see him. Tom always gave the impression to Nick that he liked him. Tom & Daisy live a very lavish life because Tom's family is wealthy. Nick visits the Buchanans Nick meets Jordan Baker, who is Daisy's friend from Louisville. Jordan is an ostentatious woman who is very beautiful. Jordan is charming, curious, and Nick takes an immediate like to her. She has known Daisy since they were teenagers. Nick meets Jordan Baker When Tom and Daisy leave the patio to go inside, Jordan tells Nick about Tom and Daisy's relationship. Jordan tells him that Tom has a mistress in New York, and that Daisy knows about it, though she chooses not to do anything. This plays an important part in the story, because it foreshadows what will happen later. Jordan talks to Nick On his way home, Nick sees Mr. Gatsby, his neighbor, looking at a green light in the distance. The light is where Tom and Daisy's dock is, and Nick wonders if he should invite Mr. Gatsby for dinner. But when he turns around again, Mr. Gatsby is gone. First sighting of Mr. Gatsby Notice how times Fitzgerald uses the words hope, or dream. Why does he do this? Fitzgerald uses the words 'hope' and 'dream' because it helps him describe Nick's character. Nick starts the novel by relaying his father's advice, "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." List Nick's advantages. Does he reserve judgement in the novel? Nick has had a lot of advantages. His family is descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch. His grandfather started a wholesale hardware business that his father carries on today. Nick graduated from New Haven in 1915, and was in the Great War. He traveled East and got a job in the Bond business. Nick does reserve judgement in the book, because he doesn't speak his mind about the things he sees or hears. Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy's house? The year is 1922. The date is around June 6-8, because of the intense heat the characters talk about during the story. Describe Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him? What kind of a narrator do you think he will be? Nick does not speak his mind. He's quiet, more of a listener than a talker. He's labeled as a politician because of the secrets of the unknown, wild men. He's curious, but quietly-so. He's a great, loyal friend. He doesn't seem to party much. Nick is very observant, and pays a lot of attention to detail. He seems to figure things out on his own, but needs another person's input to be correct. We think he's a very observant, very intellectual narrator, hovering over minor details. What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean? The author describes Jordan as a Flapper Girl, one who is ostentatious. She doesn't care what people think of her. She's very beautiful, with a proud stance, and a charming deposition. How does Nick react to Jordan? Nick enjoys to look at Jordan. To him, she's curious, and that intrigues him. She's charming, but discontented. Jordan has a lot of confidence. What does Tom's behavior reveal about his character? Tom's behavior reveals that he's tough, cruel, aggressive, and he has a lot of power. He seems to be short-tempered, because Daisy and Tom argue a lot. We already know he is a player, because he has a mistress in New York that he visits frequently. He is cocky, judgemental, and tends to brag a lot. Works Cited Picture of Nick Carraway: http://group401.blogspot.com/p/nick-carraway.html
Picture of Daisy Buchanan: http://group401.blogspot.com/p/daisy-buchanan.html
Picture of Jordan Baker: http://group401.blogspot.com/p/jordan-baker.html
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