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The Great Gatsby Chapters 4 and 5

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapters 4 and 5

Objectives
You will be able to recognise the way Nick and Gatsby's relationship is presented in Chapter 4.
You should be able to comment on the way Fitzgerald presents the character of Gatsby.
You could be able to comment on the way Jordan's narrative contributes to the plot. This chapter is structured in three parts:
Nick lists party guests as though we should know them, they are lionised (treated as celebrities). The dark misbehaviour emphasises the secret lives of the wealthy and carefree lavish lifestyle they lead.
We get a glimpse of the real Gatsby at lunch. His connection with Wolfshiem raises suspicion that Gatsby may be a criminal.
In contrast, Jordan's description of Gatsby's past romance with Daisy presents him as an innocent, romantic young soldier. A fairly mysterious start. There are more mysteries to uncover... The narrative:
The second part of this chapter shifts to Jordan's first person narrative. Nick tells the story in her voice. Why might this be? Fitzgerald contrasts the behaviour of Gatsby to the behaviour of Daisy.

Jordan's story suggests that none of the characters have changed and makes Gatsby into a more sympathetic character, and for Nick, Gatsby becomes a real person. Nick's changing opinion of Gatsby reminds the reader that the novel is written from Nick's point of view. As Nick and Jordan drive the jazz song The Sheik of Araby. The song deals with a captured bride. The song satirises the marriage of Tom and Daisy from Gatsby's perspective. Gatsby's obsession with Daisy could symbolize the American Dream. The image of him as a lone figure, reaching for the green light shows him striving for the object of his desire.

Daisy is easily led. She was convinced by the letter to not marry Tom, but then was convinced to. Gatsby's dream of Daisy is tied up with his visions of financial success. Key Question:

Using the car journey to New York in Chapter Four as a starting point, assess whether the reader ever gets to see the real Gatsby in the novel. Objectives
To recognise the significance of the events of Chapter 5
To look at how Gatsby is presented in this chapter in comparison to the rest of the novel. This chapter is a turning point in the novel wherer the two former lovers meet. Fitzgerald questions Nick's morality. Nick is a moral character, but he is inconsistent. He arranges for Daisy to meet Tom and witnesses Tom and Myrtle's affair, even though he claims he doesn't want to. Gatsby's normally calm exterior is replaced with 'suppressed eagerness'.
His carefully considered langauge is replaced with an 'automatic quality.'
Gatsbty is seen in a way that his party guests never see him- nervous and love sick. Daisy is presented in a positive light. Her behaviour and language lend the chapter an innocent tone.

Her romantic nature is revealed, she notes the 'pink and golden billow of foamy clouds'.

Look the way appearances are presented. Gatsby is desperate to maintain his adopted persona; gold tie, silver shirt and has worked in oil and drugs (seen as respectable lines of business). Note the music:
Klipspringer plays 'Ain't we got fun' which highlights the meaniniglessness of all of Gatsby's possessions now that he 'has' Daisy, the only thing of true value to him.

The popular song jokes about the resilience of the working class using the argument that if you already have nothing, no one can take anything from you.
Here is the song for you listening pleasure... Key QuestionS:
Analyse the significance of the references to songs in the novel.

Contrast the portrayal of Gatsby in this chapter and in the rest of the novel.
How far do you think that the Gatsby we see in Chapter 5 is the real Gatsby? Focus on Jordan's story.

What does this reveal about the character of
Gatsby and how does it contribute to the novel as
a whole? (think about why we hear Jordan's version
of events).
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