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The Great Gatsby - Chapter 1
Transcript of The Great Gatsby - Chapter 1
The Great Gatsby - Chapter 1
What did F. Scott Fitzgerald achieve by using Nick's point of view to tell Gatsby's story?
Nick is a curiously inquisitive and takes his father's advice in being a non-judgemental person. He looks at the world through genuine eyes so by narrating the story through a person with these characteristics, we can achieve an unbiased opinion about the events that occur throughout the novel.
What do we learn about Nick Carraway in the introductory section of the novel?
In the introductory, we learn that Nick had fought in the Great War, and afterwards decided to get into the Bond business. He moved to New York and settled in the lower class side, known as the West Egg.
In discussing the East Egg and West Egg, Nick states that they are totally dissimilar. How do they differ?
The East Egg is where one can find households of fashion and wealth where as the West Egg is less fashion forward and is known as the 'new money'.
Compare the homes of Nick, Gatsby, and the Buchanans. How does each home reflect the personality of its owner?
When Nick leaves the Buchanan's house, he is not comfortable. Why? What does this suggest about his values?
Nick is uncomfortable when he leaves the Buchanan's house because of the news about Tom having an affair. He is disgusted with the fact that he is unfaithful to his wife Daisy. It suggests that he has morals.
Though we do not meet Gatsby until chapter 3, we hear references to him in the conversations of others. What impressions do you get?
Our group feels as though Gatsby is a very reserved and anti-social person. From the size of his house we also come to the conclusion that he is quite wealthy. Although many claim that they know Gatsby, it is implied that hardly any have actually met the man, which adds a mysterious vibe to him.
Nick lives in a small, weather beaten cardboard bungalow in the East Egg.
Gatsby, on the other hand, has a huge mansion. The mansion imitates the Hotel de Ville in Normandy with a tower, raw ivy, a swimming pool, and forty more acres of land.
In the West Egg is where Daisy is situated. She has an elaborate house of red and white with a quarter mile of beach as her lawn. The house is simply picture perfect.
Fitzgerald's description of Tom, Daisy, and Jordan not only creates an impression of physical appearance, but also contains added information. What do we learn about their history and interests, their gestures, and mannerism?
Tom is a man who loves to show off and likes to believe he has loads of power because of his wealth. Daisy is very light-hearted and seems to be manipulated by her husband Tom. Jordan is a tom boy and seeks attention.