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The Great Gatsby Chapter 1
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 1
The following are places and times that occur in chapter one:
In chapter one present time is 1924 and he reminisces about the
summer if 1922.
Chapter one sets the scene of the book. The following is a synthesized version of the plot:
We meet narrator Nick Carraway. He moves from Ohio to west egg on long island in the summer of 1922, and enters the bond business. One evening, he goes to dinner with his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan, he was having an affair with another women. Nick meets Jordan Baker, the golfer. He realizes that Daisy is unhappy. On His return home, he notices his neighbor standing on the lawn, reaching out his hand towards a green light at the end of a dock across the bay.
Blake Currie and Heston Reddi
The Great Gatsby Chapter 1
F Scott Fitzgerald wrote from his life experiences in his work particularly in the case Great Gatsby. The novel is based on Fitzgerald’s past experiences, which is an extension of his life through the progression of his character. He relates to Gatsby in the sense that he build the same experiences for Gatsby throughout the play.
Nick discusses the different social classes (east egg) new money (west egg). Buchanan residence fall under old money because of their past family relations during the 19th century this was due to their social ties and influential relations.
The new money was earned due to the roaring twenties where new innovations sparked success for America and its wealthy. The new money attaining to Gatsby displays their wealth by throwing money at extravagant parties and lavish lifestyles.
The corruption of the American Dream is due to growing wealth that's displayed by Gatsbys mansion his attempts in trying to achieve social acceptance from old money.
Gatsby's mansion is symbolic of his corrupt dream expressed through his underhanded bootlegging business. The house he feels he needs in order to get happiness, he will only achieve happiness if we wins daisy.
Gatsby's Mansion and Buchanan Residence
Nicks cottage symbolizes his attraction to new money as he resides in
the west, due to new business ventures. The insignificance of his
small house amongst the towering mansion around him symbolizes himself
being shy and overlooked. He has ties to both sides east and west.
Gatsby's dock, Daisy's dock
At the end of chapter one we see a dominating figure appear which is
Gatsby by his lawn which overlooks the Long Island sound and his hand
reaches out at a green light across the Long Island sound towards the
Buchanan's dock the difference between the two docks symbolizes Gatsby
aspirations towards daisy, and his hopes and dreams for himself and
The pioneering Gatsby shows his aspirations towards achieving his dream of wealth and happiness in the form of winning over daisy no matter the cost, his pioneering spirit symbolizes his capacity for wonder imagination.The rumors and the allegations thrown at Gatsby symbolizes his underhanded deals and his ties wit crooks in the business, this creates and imagery that he is seen as a corrupt, which creates a dishonorable figure in the eyes of old money. The green light symbolizes Gatsby's hopes and dreams for daisy.
Daisy is seen as the golden girl although despite her beauty and Charm she is seen as a hurtful women. Daisy a character is associated wth light, purity and innocence but she contradicts her self towards the devotion to Gatsby.Daisy symbolic of the color white she appears pure in the world of cheat and lies.
Colour Green - Green is the colour of hope the green light at the end of the dock across the bay is fresh and beautiful, like the Buchanan's lawn, and the fresh green breast of the new world.
Grey - Grey is the colour of disillusionment and despair.
White - White should be the colour of innocence, but it is used to represent the superficial, shallow characters of Daisy and Jordan
Silver and Gold - These colours are associated with Daisy. They are both the colour of money, and of religious icons.
Yellow/Cream - As it is not the real thing. It is vulgar and lacks class. Gatsby is an imposter in the world of the rich
Gaudy Colours - are used to describe the party guests and the food. They suggest excess and hysteria.
" In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some
advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. 'Whenever
you feel like criticizing anyone, ' he told me, just remember that all
the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
Themes - Old Money and New Money
No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what prayed on
Gatsby; what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that
temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and
short-winded elections of men"
Themes - The American Dream
This isn't just an epigram - life is much more successfully looked at
from a single window, after all.
Theme - The American Dream
"I'm p-paralyzed with happiness"
Theme - The American Dream/Roaring Twenties
"It was a body capable of enormous leverage - a cruel body"
Nick Carraway - Tom Buchanan
Theme - Old Money and New Money
"And I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be in
the world, a beautiful little fool"
Theme - Roaring Twenties/Old Money and New Money
" He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way,
and, far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling."
Theme - American Dream/Past and future
The American Dream - Is the American Deceleration of independence written by Thomas Jefferson which upholds the promise to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness in hopes that this ideal will be achieved. America is seen as the land of opportunity for those seeking wealth and happiness. Gatsby symbolizes the American Dream as he is a pioneer of hope and a visionary. This is an ideal to which every one aspires to. Gatsby is personifies the American Dream in chapter 1 and we do not see the corruption to the American dream develop yet. In chapter one it symbolizes Nicks Dream to find wealth by residing in West Egg. The booming stock market was an opportunity to follow through the American Dream. Towards the end of Chapter one we see the green light a Dream for Gatsby and Daisy and the hopes for there relationship.
The Roaring Twenties - This is also known as the Jazz Ages where the lavish lifestyle was acknowledge after World War 1 the booming industries flourished in wealth. This also gave rise to organized crime as bootlegging became more prominent in America as extravagant parties were thrown. We are exposed to this as a new market emerges known as the bonds business which Nick finds himself in. This lavish lifestyle is duly credited to the newly rich. The roaring twenties saw the development of flappers as women played a more equal role in society and the development of speakeasies.
The Social Classes - This was discussed in detail in the setting between the various locations between the old rich (East Egg) and the newly rich (West Egg). The difference is that the old rich are wealthy due to their family relations and their ability to uphold strong social ties. The old rich despises the newly rich as the are known for reckless spendthrift behavior. The newly rich obtain their wealth from the roaring twenties and the booming stock market.
Is the narrator of the novel, he tells the story from his point of view. Nick comes from a well-to-do Minnesota family. He travels to New York to learn the bond business. Nick is the cousin of Daisy Buchanan. Reserves judgments to himself, he thinks the east has a lack of morals, nick cares for others, his American dream was to be a successful bonds man.
From Louisville, Kentucky. As a young debutante in Louisville, Daisy was extremely popular among the military officers stationed near her home, 1919 daisy married Tom Buchanan, a young man from a solid, aristocratic family who could promise her a wealthy lifestyle and who had the support of her parents. she has the aura of charm, wealth, sophistication, grace, and aristocracy. The suggestion is that Daisy’s beautiful voice makes her both irresistible and dangerous, especially to men. By making her voice her most alluring feature, rather than her looks or her movement, Fitzgerald makes that crucial allusion clear. “I looked back at my cousin who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.”
Tom was born into a wealthy family, is college educated, has experienced success as an athlete, and possesses strength and vitality. Tom likes to flaunt his wealth as seen in the book, “turning me around by one arm, he moved a broad flat hand along the front vista, including in its sweep a sunken Italian garden, a half-acre of deep, pungent roses, and a snub-nosed motor-boat that bumped the tide offshore.” One of Tom's important values is wealth. He was very rich and thought that it made him superior to other people. He enjoys showing off his possessions. Power and control over people is something that Tom considers important in guiding his life.
Daisy’s friend, nick becomes romantically involved with Jordan. She represents one of the new women of the 1920’s, because of her success in sport as a golfer. Being a professional golfer places Jordan is the circle of wealthy people. Jordan is not portrayed as being similar to daisy as Jordan is more firm, strong and self-esteemed.
James Gatz better known as Jay Gatsby is a young vibrant man whom has gained his wealth through pursuing the American Dream. He is Nick Carraways Neighbor who host lavish parties and events at his mansion in hope of achieving his long lost love Daisy Buchanan. We do not hear much about Gatsby but towards the end of Chapter 1 we see Gatsby main intention is to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan. Through the symbol of the green light.
In Chapter we see the progression of F Scott Fitzgeralds past experiences as he relates to characters that tend to share similar character traits and past differences. His relation to Nick Carraway in the quote "to reserve judgements" of people gives us insightful information about the authors background and the way he interprets these influencing characters the role of Nick Carraway. The themes in the Great Gatsby are incorporated well in each character as it describes the characters personality, beliefs and aspirations. The Great Gatsby symbolizes the authors history and they way he interprets himself in the book. Therefore this book is seen as an extension of the authors rich and prolific past.