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The Great Gatsby (Chapter one)

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The Great Gatsby (Chapter 1)
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Nick Carraway (Main)
Curious, looks like great-uncle, educated, in the bond business
Daisy Buchanan
charming, lovely voice, sad but lovely face, bright eyes, silly
Jordan Baker
slender, small-breasted, good posture, grey sun-strained eyes, charming and discontented face, snooty, sensationalist
Mysterious, good guy in the end, likes the green light, good looking
By: Robby Carff, Matthew Kim,
Rohith Sridharan, Wilson Yang

Important lines explained (1)
Plot Line
Rents house, "It was on that slender riotous island which extends itself due east of New York.." (Fitzgerald 4) Next to Gatsby.
"My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this Middle Western city for three generations" they started a, "wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to-day" (Fitzgerald 3)
"..I decided to go East and learn the bond business." (Fitzgerald 3) Reads a bunch of books
Tom greets Nick and shows him around
"'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had'" (Fitzgerald 1)
Tom Buchanan
Eat and talk. Tom talks about his book, "The Rise of the Colored Empire"
"'Oh—you’re Jordan BAKER.'
I knew now why her face was familiar " (fitzgerald 19)
"But I didn’t call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way.." (Fitzgerald 21)
Sees Daisy and her friend, "The younger of the two was a stranger to me" (Fitzgerald 8)
"'Tom's got some woman in New York'" (Fitzgerald 15).
"'You live in West Egg,' she remarked contemptuously. 'I know somebody there.'
'I don’t know a single——'
'You must know Gatsby.'
'Gatsby?' demanded Daisy. 'What Gatsby?'" (Fitzgerald 11).
"I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans" (Fitzgerald 5)
Higher-level questions + answers
In the beginning of the story Nick Caraways dad tells him "'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had'" (fitzgerald 1). Why does Mr. Fitzgerald open the story with this quote?
Mr. Fitzgerald could have opened with this quote to help establish the underlying theme within the story. This quote gets the reader thinking about opportunities and sacrifices people make to get to "Succeed in life".
The story is narrated by a man named Nick Caraway who is also the author of the "book" being written and told through out the story.

"'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had'" (Fitzgerald 1)
Wealthy family, strong facial features, arrogant eyes, looks like he is aggressively leaning forward, "a cruel body", manly voice, possibly racist, mean.
Author uses Nick caraway as a way to express his feeling towards people in the 1920s
"... I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking
a little wistfully for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable
football game" (Fitzgerald 6).
"..Miss Baker leaned forward, unashamed, trying to hear... 'Don't talk. I want to hear what happens.'
'Is something happening?' I inquired innocently.
'You mean to say you don't know?' said Miss Baker, honestly surprised.
'I thought everybody knew.'
'I don't.'
'Why----' she said hesitantly, 'Tom's got some woman in New York.' (Fitzgerald 15).
"...I hope
she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world,
a beautiful little fool.''" (Fitzgerald 17).
"..as if he were related
to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten
thousand miles away" (Fitzgerald 2)

"..Gatsby turned out all right
at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the
wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the
abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men" (Fitzgerald 2)
What is the significant difference between East Egg and West Egg?

East Egg symbolizes taste, sophistication, and leisure. West Egg on the other hand is associated with Gatsby and the flashy “get-rich-quick” lifestyle. home to people who have not been "Refined".
Past tense, his paragraphs often elaborate on ideas while he is reminiscing about the past
inserts knowledge that he has now but did not at the time, " It was Gatsby's mansion. Or rather, as I didn't know Mr. Gatsby it was a mansion inhabited by
a gentleman of that name" (5)
Toward money- "It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy
enough to do that." (6)
Reminiscent, nostalgic and kind of romantic
"If personality is an unbroken series of
successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some
heightened sensitivity to the promises of life" (2)
"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the
trees--just as things grow in fast movies--I had that familiar
conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." (4)
Toward Daisy- "..then she laughed, an absurd,
charming little laugh.." (9)
The way he describes people
"..appearance of always leaning aggressively forward" (7)
"..an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet" (11)
How is Nick Carraway similar yet different from Mr. Buchanan?
Imagery/actions of characters help with their descriptions

Setting up the plot "When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness" (22)

Setting- "I lived at West Egg, the--well, the less fashionable of the two.." (5)
What cold the green light, that both Gatsby and Nick see, signify in the novel?
The light could signify many things, such as:
A dream of one of the characters
A light in the dark - Hope/Inspiration
"'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had'" (Fitzgerald 1)
F. Scott Fitzgerald says this in order to get the reader thinking about dreams and morality. Nick was raised in a loving family, and had an easy time growing up and getting his education. While on the other hand, Gatsby grew up dirt poor and took advantage of everything he could in order to make a better life for himself. He has good morals but has done shady things to get to where he is at. This also establishes Nick as a curious soul. His curiosity is almost innate and will impact all of decisions and judgments. Thus this will affect the overall plot of the story.
Important line explained (2)
Carraway is quite different from Tom Buchanan due his moral sense. Nick desires more than blatant wealth. Carraway is similar to Buchanan because of the his education. But he has suspicions about Tom, so he seems to pull away, and reserve his thoughts. Some examples would be the glamor and immoral ideals which Nick tries his best to stray away from.

Daisy is referring to her daughter and how she wants her to be a "fool". She is using the word fool because she wants her daughter to be oblivious to all of the bad things in the world. This shows that Daisy may have been through bad things her self. Parents who wish things for their children usually do so because they know first hand what is out there in the world. This may exhibit why she acts foolish herself. She does not wish to accept what is out there or what is in front of her. So far it seems like Tom might be what is bothering her.
West Egg is home to the people who are new to money - those who struck it rich in. Nick is a well educated man that Went to Yale. He enjoys the finer pleasures in life and fits in more with the lavish, slow lifestyles of those in East Egg.
“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” (17 Fitzgerald)
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