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The Great Gatsby (Chapter 7 Overview)

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Corinne Brown

on 23 February 2011

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THE GREAT GATSBY By: F. Scott-Fitzgerald Gatsby fires all of his servants. Daisy is now visiting him more and more. He doesn't want any gossip to be spread. "I hear you fired all your servants."
"I wanted somebody who wouldn't gossip. Daisy comes over quite often-in the afternoons." (p114) Gatsby sees Daisy's little girl, Pammy. He is shocked. He can't believe that Pammy exists. "That's because your mother wanted to show you off." (p117)
"Gatsby took up his drink." (p118) Daisy said she loves Gatsby and Tom witnesses the scene. Tom was surprised. "She had told him she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth opened a little, and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as some one he knew a long time ago." (p119) We can see Tom getting jealous and more envious of Gatsby. He begins to make unneccesary comments about Gatsby. ""An Oxford man!" He was incredulous. "Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit."" (p122) Tom grew further apart from Myrtle. He realized she's not the one he wants. "He discovered that Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world, and the shock had made him physically sick." (p124)
Two themes in Chapter 7 are jealousy and selfishness Tom learns that Daisy is in love with Gatsby. Tom becomes jealous because he wants Daisy for himself. Therefore Tom begins to fight with Gatsby in order to win Daisy over. The theme is also selfishness because there is a lot of self thinking. Tom becomes jealous of Gatsby and Daisy. He tries to win Daisy back because he wants Daisy for himself. This is selfish because TOm had an affair with Myrtle. He didn't think of how Daisy might feel or Myrtle's husband. Myrtle also did not think about how her husband might feel. She was in it for the money and glamour. Tom begins to think less of Myrtle now. He basically wants what he cannot have which is Daisy. Gatsby is the character in this novel who is being unselfish. Though he also wants Daisy for himself, he begins to give up everything for Daisy. He quits throwing parties because he knows she was unfond of them. He fired all of his servants because he didn't want gossip to get around about Daisy coming over. He basicallyt watches over Daisy and makes sure she has the best options and she is well treated. Gatsby shows us the unselfish way and how to love, while Tom just wants everything possible. Even is if he can't have it. "God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God!" (p159) Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Nick tells Gatsby he should probably leave town until the chaos with Mrytle blows over. Gatsby refuses because he can't leave Daisy alone. "You ought to go away,"
"He wouldn't consider it. He couldn't possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do." (p148) "She vanished into her rich house, into her rich, full life, leaving Gatsby-nothing. This quote explains what the 1920's were made off in the East Egg. Everyone was heartless. They didn't care about anything but parties, booze, lust, money, and status. It also foreshadows how Daisy totally erases Gatsby from her memory. She acts like he never existed. She did not even attend his funeral towards the end of the book. ""They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."" Throughout the entire novel, Gatsby was the only character that used the parties, money, and status for a good reason - to win Daisy over. He put Daisy first over everything. He truely loved Daisy. This is significant because no one really cared about anything or anyone in the 20's. George is terribly upset over the loss of his wife. He goes to see Tom because he saw Tom driving the yellow car earlier. Tom tells George the car was Jay Gatsby's. George goes over to Jay Gatsby's house. He killed Gatsby then himself afterwards. "The chauffeur-he was on of Wolfsheim's proteges-heard the shots-afterward he could only stay that he hadn't thought anything much about them" (p161) "By half-past two he was in West Egg, where he asked some one the way to Gatsby's house. So by that time he knew Gatsby's name." (p160) "He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn't bare to shake him free." (p148) Jay Gatsby has shown us how love is. He never gave up on Daisy. He loved her no matter how many times she stomped on his heart. Gatsby shows us hope. This helps us understand one of the themes for the book. We know jealousy and envy are two themes. Hope is another. No matter how many times Daisy ran away out of Gatsby's arms, he kept trying to win her back. He has gone years without her. He became a new, rich man just for Daisy to come back to him. Though we see her hesitating and ,obviously, not running back, Gatsby waits and waits for her still. "God sees everything," repeated Wilson." (p160) This is the most important quote. It represents the most important symbol in the entire book, the Doctor T. J. Eckleburg's eyes. No one knows for sure what they represent. Some believe it's God watching over us. Others believe it's the readers observing how the 1920's were through those eyes. (further explained in an essay) Chapter 9 "I'll get somebody for you, Gatsby. Don't worry. Just trust me and I'll get somebody for you." (p164) I think this quote is symbolic because it shows that no one is truly there for one another. It represents the entire 1920's era. You can search and search for someone or something that will make you happy, but you will most likely never find it living in the that year. It foreshadows Gatsby's funeral. Nick knew a lot of people wouldn't show up. Nick was the only person, along with Gatsby's father, that was truly there for Gatsby all along. "What I called up about was a pair of shoes I left there. I wonder if it'd be too much trouble to have the butler send them on." (p168) I think this quote perfectly represents the selfishness within people. Nick told the man about Gatsby's death and invited him to the funeral. The man said he had a picnic and that he couldn't make it. Though Nick was too busy trying to get people to go to Gatsby's funeral, the man asked if it was "too much trouble" to have his shoes delivered. The man doesn't acknowledge Gatsby's death and acts as if his shoes are more important than a man's lost life. "Daisy hadn't sent a message or a flower." (p175) I think this quote shows that Daisy didn't care about anything, along with the rest of the 1920 society. I feel she was only excited that a rich man with a lot of materialistic belongings was in love with her. I think she thought that she could have the best of both worlds. She could being twice as much gifts and goodies if she saw Gatsby and Tom. Now that Gatsby is out of the picture, she is only seeing Tom because Tom is the only one that can give her what she wants now. Daisy accepts it and acts like nothing had happened. "After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction." (p176) I think this quote is important because it explains who Nick really is and how he reacts to situations. We see Nick growing as a person throughout the book. He sees what a corrupt world the East can be. After the many tragic and crazy experiences he has had with the East Egg, he becomes distant and does not want to be apoart of that crowd. I see Nick as a caring, trustful, and passionate character. He wasn't rich. I feel since he was not as rich as the others, he was unselfish and knew what truely makes one happy, which is not money. He's the only character that can hold his own and understand how to treat people. He only knew Gatsby for a short while but yet, he still attended his funeral and took care of things around the house. Nick is a true friend. "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...." (p178) "Gatsby's house was still empty when I left." (p179) I think this quote is ironic because usually Gatsby's house is filled with people, food, music, lighting, etc. There was always something going on at Gatsby's mansion. Now that Gatsby is gone and there are no more parties to be had, everybody goes on with their lives. They don't bother to show sympathy. They don't feel for anyone. The are empty people with empty emotions. They only used Gatsby for his extravagent parties. Everyone used everyone is the 1920's. "Gatsby believed in the green light." (p180) The green light represents hope. Gatsby always had a hopeful spirit. He believed that you can relive the past. He would look out into the distance and see that green light flashing on the East Egg side where his "past" was. He would try so hard to relive the past. Unfortunately, searching for that special "past" lead to his tragic death. This quote not only represents the kind of people Daisy and Gatsby were, but it symbolizes the kind of life people in the 1920's lived. They only cared about money, parties, and status. It was all about "me, me, me" in the 1920's. They only used people for parties and to get a higher status. They didn't care who they stepped on to get what they wanted. It's their way or the highway.
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