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The Great Gatsby Chapters 6 & 7

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Susan McCormick

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapters 6 & 7

Chapter 6
Gatsby's background

Gatsby tells Tom that he knows Daisy

Gatsby wants to recreate the past The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Setting Plot Themes Symbols & Motifs Concluding Synopsis Chapters 6 & 7 Christina D'Agata, Sherin Cheriyan, Susan McCormick, Amy Saji, and Carleen Tan Jay Gatsby Real name: James Gatz
Mysterious/Godly to those around him
Internal Conflict
Playing with fate
Society’s influence
Choice/actions: Waiting outside of Daisy's house
Motivation: The past's evident influence. Characters Questions? Chapter 7
Tom discovers Daisy and Gatsby's love
George Wilson discovers Myrtle and Tom's affair
Tom confronts Gatsby about Daisy in the hotel toom in NYC

Myrtle dies in car accident not through rumors and gossip
develops character Tom becomes suspicious, goes to Gatsby's party with Daisy to keep an eye on her
foreshadow climax Gatsby takes the blame for Daisy Relevance to the 1920s Authorial Choices “The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from the platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God-a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of vulgar and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.” Page 104 “Each night he added to the pattern of his fancies until drowsiness closed down upon some vivid scene with an oblivious embrace, For a while these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.” Page 105 “’Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” Page 116 Tom Buchanan Sexist
Corruption of society
Morally corupted
Car crash causes a character change ---> Discovery of his kryptonite
Male dominance
Power struggle “’I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish.” Page 110 “Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.” Page 137 Daisy Buchanan Nick Carraway Other Significant Characters Myrtle Wilson
George Wilson
Jordan Baker Connections http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/14326033/the-great-gatsby Culture Clash
American Dream
Ex of american dream gone astray: Wolfsheim's enterprising and criminal ways to make money, Jordan's attempts at sporting fame led to cheating, Buchanan's thirst for good life causes murder (Myrtle's)
Appearances and Reality
Moral Corruption
Identity Puritanism
Scarlet Letter
Affairs= Sinful
Gatsby and Daisy
Tom and Daisy
Myrtle and Tom
sinful actions Dan Cody's yacht
Eckleberg's eyes
"He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career--when he saw Dan Cody's yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior" (104). character development
use of foreshadowing
the extreme lengths that Gatsby goes to to win Daisy's affection
Gatsby's postition outside of Tom and Daisy's house "He talked a lot about the past and gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into Daisy." page 117 "So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight--watching over nothing." page 153 "The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer" (120). "'He murdered her.'
'It was an accident, George.'
Wilson shook his head. He narrowed his eyes and his mouth widened slightly with the ghost of a superior 'Hm!'
'I know,' he said definitely. 'I'm one of these trusting fellas and I don't think any harm to nobody, but when I get to know a thing I know it. '" page 166 "'Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!'" (116). Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge
perfect unatainable reality
Gatsby dreams of a perfect life with Daisy
the narrator imagines himself back home with his family a lost generation too caught up in the American Dream "Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans" (122). "Her face bent into the single wrinkle of the small white neck. 'You dream, you. You absolute little dream'" (123). Yacht Flashback Personal Growth
New Opportunities
Significant Gatsby's House Distrust
Gatsby's and Daisy's Dance
Flash Back Story of Gatsby and the Three Riders Land Loss of Childhood
Corruption of Money
"New Money" vs. "Old Money" Lake Superior Not greedy
No Corruption - Just Purity
Persona Created
Start of Success City Rowdiness
East Egg v. West Egg
Related to Roaring Twenties "..dismayed at its ferocious indifference to the drums of his destiny, to destiny itself, and despising the janitor's work with which he was to pay his way through" (p105).

"My prescence marred the sacredness of the vigil. So i walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight- watching over nothing" (p153). “To young Gatz, resting on his oars and looking up at the railed deck, that yacht represented all the beauty and glamor in the world.” (pg. 106) "In a little while I heard a low husky sob and saw that the tears were overflowing down his face. ‘The God Damn coward!’ he whimpered. ‘He didn’t even stop his car.’” Page 149 “She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. He was astounded. His mouth opened a little and he looked at Gatsby and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as someone he knew a long time ago.” Page 125 “’Why not let her alone, old sport,’ remarked Gatsby. ‘You’re the one that wanted to come to town.’ There was a moment of silence.” Page 133 Innocent appearance ---> Internally Corrupt
Shallow roots of society
Emotionally: Conflicted/torn
Motives/Actions: Questionable judgement
“Then they sauntered over to my house and sat on the steps for half an hour while at request I remained watchfully in the garden: ‘In case there’s a fire or a flood,’ she explained, ‘or any act of God.’”Page 112 “’Her voice is full of money,’ he said suddenly.” Page 127 ‘”She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!’” Page 137 “Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car, and then she lost her nerve and turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock- it must have killed her instantly.” Page 151 Narrator
Doubts change
3rd party observer ---> 3rd Party Interference “Gatsby's notoriety, spread about by the hundreds who had accepted his hospitality and so become authorities upon his past, had increased all summer until he fell just short of being news. Just why these inventions were a source of satisfaction to James Gatz of North Dakota, isn’t easy to say.” (pg. 104) “I wanted to get up and slap him on the back. I had one of those renewals of complete faith in him that I’d experienced before.” Page 136 “And it was from Cody that he inherited money — a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars. He didn’t get it. He never understood the legal device that was used against him, but what remained of the millions went intact to Ella Kaye.” (pg. 107) "The Storm"
weather + affair
Fatal flaw (Greek Mythology)
Imagination Realism
real scenarios
reality Trancendentalism
use of nature Huck Finn
- Land = Corrupted
- Raft = Freedom
Connect to Land = being place of corruption of money
"At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete" (117). "Then as Doctor T.J.. Eckleburg's faded eyes came into sight down the road i remembered Gatsby's caution about gasoline" (129). Corruption & immorality
Daisy's desire for wealth
Gatsby aspires for wealth for selfish reasons
Tom's jealousy
"not being a fool"
Nick's openess with Gatsby
Tom's desire for wealth
Gatsby's desire for past
Daisy's desire for freedom
Myrtle and Tom
Daisy and Gatsby
blinded by American dream Represents 1920s through...
desire for wealth and an american dream
moment to moment living
What to Grasp?
Nick has grown more fond and trusting of Gatsby
Daisy has chosen reputation with Tom over love with Gatsby
Mr. Wilson is driven to insanity
Myrtle is hit by car due to Tom
The Setting and Symbols enhance Fitzgerald's meaning and Gatsby's mindset "Her voice full of money... High in a white palace the King's daughter, the golden girl..." (p 127).
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