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Friendships in The Great Gatsby

Not done yet. For english seminar

Melissa S

on 25 October 2013

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Transcript of Friendships in The Great Gatsby

"I knew i could use him good"
" I knew i discovered a man of fine breeding" - Wolfsheim (Fitzgerald, 72 & 171)
"Start him! I made him." - Wolfsheim (Fitzgerald, 171)
"of all the older girls i admired her most" - Jordan (Fitzgerald,75)
"I think I'll arrange a marriage. come often,nick, and I'll sort of - oh - fling you together" - Daisy (Fitzgerald, 18)
Jay Gatsby
His Love
His only friend
Second cousins
Meyer Wolfshiem
Business partners
His Murderer
George Wilson
House Guests
Party people
"Owl - eyed" man
Daisy's husband's mistress's husband
Friendships in The Great Gatsby

Friendships in The Great Gatsby
"Anybody can sympathies with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathies with a friend's success" - Oscar Wilde
Friendship: The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends
What is a friend?
Friend: a person with whom one has a bond
of mutual affection.

What is

- When Gatsby died Nick Carraway was the one to arrange everything for his funeral
- Gatsby used nick to get close to daisy
- Gatsby trusted Nick; He told him the truth about his past.
- Nick Carraway thought Gatsby was different than the rest of his "friends"
- The relationship between these two is like a relationship between two old friends because although these two only knew each other for a little bit Carraway knew who Gatsby truly was and he still decided to stick by him.
"I wasn't worth a decent stroke of work, but it was more than that - I didn't want to leave Gatsby" - Nick (Fitzgerald, 153)
- When Nick said he would help Gatsby with Diasy, Gatsby treated it like a business.
- Nick pitied Gatsby
"He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him" - Nick (Fitzgerald,180)
"You're worth the whole damn bunch put together" - Nick (Fitzgerald,154)
- Old friends
- When Jordan was younger she admired Daisy out of all the older girls.
- Jordan was Daisy's bridesmaid
- Jordan helped out Daisy when Daisy didn't even know she needed help.
- Daisy trusts Jordan to stay at he house and not do anything with her husband who is known to cheat
- The only normal friendship in this book
"Take 'em down-stairs and give 'em back to whoever they belong to." - Daisy (Fitzgerald,76)
- They joke around
- Business partners
- We don’t know how Gatsby felt about Wolfsheim he didn’t talk about him, but we can only assume that he appreciated his help. But were they friends? That depends on what you believe friendship is.

- Wolfsheim made Gatsby.
- Wolfsheim cared about Gatsby but he had a strong view about death and therefore didn’t attend the funeral.
- The relationship between Wolfsheim and Gatsby is like a relationship between two people who care about each other but not enough to choose them over themselves.
- The people who attended Gatsby’s parties were not his friends, no one was invited to his party’s, and most of them didn’t even know who the host was. Only some people knew Gatsby, but they didn’t know him in a way that they could go and call him randomly, or go and hang out with him, if they knew him they either did business together or they met at the party or they’ve met somewhere else.
- The party people cared more about Gatsby’s wealth than Gatsby himself.

- No one showed up to his funeral.
- Gatsby only used the whole party scene so that Daisy might one day drop by.

- The relationship between the party people and Gatsby is like a relationship between two people who are friends only because of what each one can gain out of the other.
" They were a rotten crowd" - Nick (Fitzgerald,154)
"One gentleman to whom i telephoned implied that he had got what he deserved" - Nick (Fitzgerald, 169)
- The “owl –eyed” man thought Gatsby was not real, that he was just putting on a show.

- Did not personally know Gatsby yet he attended his funeral

- Gatsby didn’t know the “owl –eyed” man as far as we knew.

- I believe the “owl –eyed” man attended the funeral out of respect, which was something the rest of the party people lacked.
"As a matter of fact you needn't bother to ascertain. I ascertained. They're real." - Owl-eyed man (Fitzgerald,45)
"Why, my God! they used to go there by the hundreds." - Owl - eyed man (Fitzgerald, 175)
- Neighbors for four years
- He stood by Wilson the night of his wife’s death from midnight till dawn

“Wilson has no friends ” - Michaelis ( Fitzgerald, 159)
- Michaelis stuck by Wilson when he needed someone the most.

- They may not have been friends before but if the ending was different I truly believe that would have changed.
"He was his wife's man and not his own" - Michaelis (Fitzgerald, 136)
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