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Gatsby Cars Motif

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Transcript of Gatsby Cars Motif

Cars and the Theme in
The Great Gatsby

By Will Easterday, Pat Falzer, Emma Bradley, and Kevin Barrow

Chapter 1: Chapter 2: Chapter 3: Chapter 4: Chapter 7: Chapter 8: Chapter 9: "Very Well then, I won't sell you the car at all....I'm under no
obligations, to you at all...and as for your bothering me about
it at lunch time, I won't stand it at all!" (116)

-Tom and Daisy getting further apart
-Daisy doesn't believe Tom about his conversations "I need money pretty bad, and I was wondering what you were
going to do iwht your old car" (123)

-George wants to buy the car
-Gatsby's car eventually kills his wife "You two start on home, Daisy...In Mr.Gatsby's car."

-Tom wants them traveling in a certain car because he didn't want
to get in trouble
-Tom knows something would probably happen "So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight." (136)

-They would be driving toward Myrtle's death "...Gatsy's gorgeous car lurched up the rocky drive to my door and gave out a burst of melody from its three-noted horn." (63)

-Showing Gatsby's wealth
-wealth that, according to Tom, he didn't deserve

"As we crossed Blackwell's Island a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish negroes, two bucks and a girl." (69)

-Nick makes it seem like the black people aren't wealthy
-isn't aknowledging the fact that Gatsby is creating a false life "The 'death car' as the newspapers called it, didn't stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend." (137)

-Daisy and Gatsby were frowned upon in the paper
-everything was blamed on Gatsby, however Thesis Statement:
In the Great Gatsby, cars represent various people's wealth and personality. "It was a yellow car...big yellow car. New" (139)

-Daisy didn't know what trouble she had gotten herself into by running away like she did
-left the questioning press behind "The God damned coward...He didn't even stop his car." (141)

-Tom was disappointed in Gatsby and Daisy's decision to bolt Nick:"you ought to go away," I said. "It's pretty certain they'll trace your car"(148)

- Gatsby could get in serious trouble if George or the police find his car

"He announced that he had a way of finding out whom the yellow car belonged to," (156)

- once again Mr. Wilson has a plan to find the car that killed Myrtle, putting Gatsby in danger

"It was the man in that car. She ran out to speak to him and he wouldn't stop."(159)

-Myrtles death as she runs out into the street

"...suppose that he spent that time going from garage to garage thereabout, inquiring for a yellow car."(160)
"Bad drivers are only safe until they met another bad driver"(177)

-Jordan brings up topic of bad driving around nick again. Nick owns a car



"The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath...." -Nick pg 9 "grayline of cars crawl along an invisible track" pg 23

"... the third was a garage- repairs. George B. Wilson. Cars bought and sold." pg 24
-this shows the many personalities of George B. Wilson

"...The only car visible was the dust-covered wreck of a Ford which crouched in a dim corner." pg 25
-this shows Mr. Wilsons wealth

Tom talks to Mr. Wilson about selling his "slow" car to him pg 25
-Tom is selling Mr. Wilson his slow car which shows his personality

Myrtle selectivly chose a taxi on pg 27
-show how she is selective when choosing other relationships "On week-ends his[Gatsby] Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains." pg 39
- this showes how Gatsby appears to be rich but he started with nothing

"Englishmen dotted about.... i was sure they were selling something: bonds or insurence or automobiles" pg 42
-this shows that Cars are exspensive and show wealth "When I [Jordan B.] came opposite her [Daisy] house that morning her white roadster was beside the curb,"

-Shows Daisy's Wealth by her having a nice car

"He [Tom] came down with with a hundred people in four private cars"

-Shows Tom's wealth
-Daisy married another rich person, NOT Gatsby who was poor when she knew him Chapter 7 continued: -Nick owns a car which shows his wealth
-He uses his car very rarely which shows his quiet and shy nature THREE MAIN POINTS:

-Gatsby owns two cars: one run down in a shed and one expensive
-Tom is trying to sell his many cars to make money so he can become higher in society
-George Wilson is struggling with money, compared to Tom and Gatsby who seem to be doing well
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