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The Great Gatsby - Chapter 6

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Madison Johnston

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby - Chapter 6

Recap on chapter VI:

We learn about Gatsby's true past, that he was raised poor but then made the acquaintance of a rich man, Dan Cody.

Tom and Daisy come to one of Gatsby's parties for the first time together.
1. When does James Gatz change his name? Why?

2. What is Daisy's real response to the party, according to Nick?

3. What does Gatsby tell Nick he wants Daisy to do?

4. Plato held that reality was an imperfect reflection of an ideal, permanent real. With this in mind, what would you say Nick means when he says " Jay Gatsby sprang from his Platonic conception of himself?"

5. What is ironic about Dan Cody?

6. What parallel is suggested by the fact that Gatsby never gets the inheritance bequeathed to him by Cody?

7. How truthful was Gatsby when relayed the story of his life to Nick? Why does Fitzgerald tell the story of Jay Gatz now?

8. Describe the meeting of Tom and Gatsby. What does this meeting reveal about them?

9. Why did Daisy and Tim find Gatsby's parry loathsome?

10. How did Gatsby measure the success of his party?

11. When Nick told Gatsby that "you cant repeat the past". Gatsby replied, "Why of course you can!". Do you agree with Nick or Gatsby?

Discuss Answers - Cont
Our Passages
"And it was from Cody that he inherited money -a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars. He didn't get it. He never understood the legal device that was used against him, but what remained of the millions went intact to Ella Kaye. He was left with his singularly appropriate education; the vague contour of Jay Gatsby has filled out the substantiality of a man" (Fitzgerald, 100).
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By: Madison, Tegwende, and Zach
The Great Gatsby - Chapter VI
Chapter Questions
1. He changed his name at the age of 17 years old. He never accepted his reality so when he saw the chance to change his life with Dan Cody, he changed his name too. Though this was the time that he officially changed his name, Nick supposed that Gatsby had had the name ready for a long time. We agree with Nick because considering how Gatsby had never really accepted his parents as his own, he probably never accepted himself as “James Gatz” either, which is probably why he changed his name, kind of as a way of saying that he could change his destiny.
2. According to Nick, Daisy isn't interested in the party, she's not happy at all. Daisy isn't a fan of all the people from the West Egg, the only time she enjoys herself is when she's alone with Gatsby.

3. Gatsby
wants Daisy to
leave Tom as he
wants to replenish the relationship they once had
in the past when Gatsby first fell in love.
4. Gatsby has had this dream of having daisy for long periods of time and now he snaps back into reality. Gatsby believes that Daisy is the same person she once was from the past and thinks that things will go back together and be the way it was, although in reality that cannot happen.
5. Dan Cody has almost everything but still a heavy drinking problem and because he led to bad women in his life, he ended up dying and Gatsby not receiving any money. Even if Gatsby was careful about drinking, in the end because he let Daisy back into his life (bad women) he also ended up dying.
6. Even
with all
Gatsby’s money,
people from East
egg won't accept him,
if he had gotten the money in the first place, there would have been a chance that Daisy would leave Tom for Gatsby.
7. Firstly, Gatsby told lies about his life but then he reveals what really happened. the author Fitzgerald wants the readers to understand who Gatsby truly is along with following upon the motives and actions that he takes. Gatsby is not the spoiled rich person with bad secrets that everyone claims to think but also the fact that he's a like any normal man who fell in love.
8. This meeting reveals that Tom believes that he is better than Gatsby in every way and that Gatsby has no grace or social skills. This meeting also reveals that the two male figures , Tom and Gatsby to not only be afraid to face each other but also to face each other in winning the heart of the women, Daisy.
9. Both Tom and Daisy are used to being around “Old Money”. People who have been rich from the start, they both see that Gatsby is “Lucky” to have the money that he does.
10. Gatsby only thought about Daisy and if she was having a good time or not. if she was unhappy he would think that his party was a failure. Gatsby was not thrilled with his party as he saw that Daisy wasn't interested in the people that were there and that she was bored.
" 'I wouldn't ask too much of her,' I ventured. 'You can't repeat the past.'
'Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!'
He looked around him wildly, as it the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand. 'I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before,' he said, nodding determinedly. 'She'll see.'
He talked a lot about the past, and i gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was" (Fitzgerald, 110).
Elements of a Novel Analysis
“‘I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me.’” (103). This is situational irony because you would expect Tom to not care about Daisy’s whereabouts and completely disregard her relations with Gatsby considering how much he cheats on her, however this is not the case. Though Tom has affairs with other women whenever he pleases, he will not allow for Daisy to do the same with other men.
“ ‘I’d like to know who he is and what he does,’ insisted Tom. ‘And I think I’ll make a point of finding out.’ ” This foreshadows what’s to come later on in the novel. We can now assume that Tom is kind of out for Gatsby in a way, as if he wants to see his downfall.

It is mentioned that Dan Cody let women with ill intentions into his life quite often and that they only wanted his money but not him. This foreshadows Gatsby’s fate because although Daisy enjoyed her time with him, she feels no regret when she plays a large part in his downfall. In a way, this proves that Gatsby is right about being able to repeat the past, except he doesn't repeat his own, he repeats Dan Cody’s.
Characters shown in Chapter VI
- Nick
- Daisy
- Gatsby (James Gatz)
- Dan Cody
-Mr. Sloane
-Mrs. Baedeker
Character Description
Character Development
1) James Gatz – Nick talking about what he knows about Gatsby’s past “ His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful form people- his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all (Fitzgerald, 98).
2) Jay Gatsby- “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" (Fitzgerald, 98).
Character description: Dan Cody- Gatsby talking about Dan. “Cody was fifty years old then, a product of the Nevada silver fields, of the Yukon, of every rush for metal since seventy five. The transactions in Montana copper that made him many times a millionaire found him physically robust but on the verge of soft. Mindedness and suspecting this, an infinite number of women tried to separate him from his money” (Fitzgerald, 98).
In the context of Nick speaking about his memory of one of Gatsby’s parties: “ On the following Saturday night he came with her to Gatsby’s party… it stands out in my memory from Gatsby’s other parties that summer” (Fitzgerald, 104). Tom Buchanan and Daisy were invited to Gatsby’s party so Jay could spend more time with Daisy.

“He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God” (Fitzgerald, 110).
“ Out of the corner of his eye Gatsby saw that the blocks of the sidewalks really formed a ladder and mounted to a secret place above the trees- he could climb to it, if he climbed alone, and once there he could suck on the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder” (Fitzgerald,110).




“(H)e waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that has been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips” touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete” (Fitzgerald, 110-111).
3) James Gatz- “ James Gatz that was really, or at least legally his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career” (Fitzgerald, 98).
4)Nick- “ I suppose he’d had the name ready for a long time, even then” (Fitzgerald, 98).
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