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The Great Gatsby - Chapter 5
Transcript of The Great Gatsby - Chapter 5
Quote Analysis #2
Memory + Past
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The KEY to Success -
Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby
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Symbol #1 - Gatsby's Bedroom
Chapter 5 revolves around love and its powerful meaning to Gatsby and Daisy. Love creates a connection between Daisy and Gatsby which bounds them together even stronger after being apart for so long.
This is first observed when Gatsby makes requests Nick to coordinate a date between him and Daisy. As the date goes on, it becomes evident that Gatsby's dream of being with Daisy, his long lost lover, is becoming true.
The true world of Gatsby revolves around Daisy. Everything up to this point in the novel has been because of his feelings towards her.
Love in its purest form is to do what is best for the one you love. For Gatsby, his interpretation of love is how much he can spoil Daisy.
"Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs.
His bedroom was the simplest room of all
Symbol #2 - Nick's Clock (Time)
"Luckily the clock took this moment to tilt dangerously at the the pressure of his head, whereupon
he turned and caught it with trembling fingers and set it back in place.
Then he sat down, rigidly, his elbow on the arm of the sofa and his chin in his hand."
We haven't met for many years,' said Daisy
, her voice as matter-of-fact as it could eve be.
'Five years next November.
The automatic quality of Gatsby's answer set us all back at least another minute.
Symbol #3 - The Weather
It’s stopped raining.
’ ‘Has it?’ When he realized what I was talking about, that there were
twinkle-bells of sunshine in the room, he smiled
like a weather man,
like an ecstatic patron of recurrent light, and repeated the news to Daisy.
‘What do you think of that? It’s stopped raining.’ ‘I’m glad, Jay.’ Her throat, full of aching, grieving beauty, told only of her unexpected joy."
Chapter 5 is the pivotal chapter of The Great Gatsby, as the plot shifts its focus to the romance between Gatsby and Daisy, and the tensions in their relationship actualize themselves.
Before this event, the story of their relationship exists only in prospect.
Symbol #4 - Gatsby's Shirts
"He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one before us,
shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray
"If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." Daisy put her arm through his abruptly, but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that green light had now vanished forever.
Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon.
Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.”
"’Your place looks like the World's Fair,’ I said.
He turned his eyes toward it [his mansion] absently
. ‘I have been glancing into some of the rooms. Let's go to Coney Island, old sport. In my car.’
‘It's too late.’
‘Well, suppose we take a plunge in the swimming-pool? I haven't made use of it all summer.’
‘I've got to go to bed.’
[Jay to Daisy]
"'That huge place over there?' 'Do you like it?' ' I love it.'”
In chapter 5 the theme memories and the past is what helps support the theme of love, and wealth. Through Gatsby's and Daisy's past, the two were awaiting to be with each other once again after such a long gap in time where they were apart.
This chapter mainly focuses on how the quality of life for the two, Gatsby and Daisy, have drastically changed. Gatsby, for many years did everything he could to be with the love of his life from the past, Daisy, he asks Nick to coordinate a date for them to catch up. Reminiscing on the past the two that were once lovers want to be together once again.
Wealth in chapter 5 makes an appearance in every scene. It also plays an essential role in setting the mood of how this chapter will play out.
Analyzing further, Gatsby uses his almost endless supply of resources in order to ensure everything is to a level of perfection for his date with Daisy. Doing as much as having the grass cut, plants trimmed, buying expensively beautiful flowers to impress Daisy all for just one afternoon.
Gatsby also goes as far as to show off his mansion to Daisy. This is all for the sake of showing her what he can provide, what he has achieved/acquired in life, and what she'd be missing out on by choosing to stay with her husband Tom.
1. In your opinion, does Daisy deserve to be with Gatsby?
2. Should Gatsby continue to put in all this effort to impress Daisy?
3. Do you think all of Gatsby's tactics/efforts/wealth will be enough to win over Daisy?
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