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The Great Gatsby

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
IB Individual Oral Presentation
"A small, flat-nosed Jew raised his large head and regarded me with two fine growths of hair which luxuriated in either nostril. After a moment I discovered his tiny eyes in the half-darkness" Fitzgerald (790-792).
"It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people — with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe" Fitzgerald (840-841)
"His eyes, meanwhile, roved very slowly all around the room — he completed the arc by turning to inspect the people directly behind" Fitzgerald (813-814).
'Why isn’t he in jail?' 'They can’t get him, old sport...'" Fitzgerald (842-843).
"spiritless man" (Fitzgerald 289).
"Wilson neither heard nor saw" (Fitzgerald 1593).
“'Have you got a church...''Don’t belong to any'" (Fitzgerald 1802-1803).
"collapsed to his knees" (Fitzgerald 1612).
"...she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality she had stored so long..." (Fitzgerald 1579).
"Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust" (Fitzgerald 1576).
'Yes. You know what I think of you'...I couldn’t forgive him or like him...It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy..."(Fitzgerald 2040-2051).

"...exhibition of complete self-sufficiency..." (Fitzgerald 118-119).
"...we weren’t talking any longer...I didn’t care...I never talked to her again in this world" (Fitzgerald 1777-1779).
“'Tom’s got some woman in New York'” (Fitzgerald191).
The fact that he had [a mistress] was insisted upon wherever he was known...he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about..." (Fitzgerald 277-278).
"...supercilious manner...established dominance over...always leaning aggressively forward....enormous power of that body...capable of enormous leverage — a cruel..." (Fitzgerald 90-93).
"...paternal contempt..." (Fitzgerald 95).
"...wedging his tense arm imperatively...Tom Buchanan compelled me...as though he were moving a checker to another square" (Fitzgerald 144-145).
..."brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen..." (Fitzgerald 153-154).
"...broke out Tom violently..." (Fitzgerald 162).
For a moment the last sunshine fell...her glowing face...the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret..." (Fitzgerald 178-180).
"...men who had cared for her found difficult to forget..." (Fitzgerald 120-123).
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy..." (Fitzgerald 2051).
“'I never loved him'...'I did love him once...'...'Even that’s a lie'” (Fitzgerald 1511-1519).
"She snapped [the candles] out with her fingers" (Fitzgerald 147).
"...retreated back into their money...kept them together..."
(Fitzgerald 2051-2052).
How does Fitzgerald use first impressions to foreshadow future character events?
"a damp gleam of hope" (Fitzgerald 290).
"there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering..." (Fitzgerald 295-298).
"A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity — except his wife..." (Fitzgerald 301).
"Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume..."
(Fitzgerald 355).
"personality had also undergone a change. The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur" (Fitzgerald 357).
"I’m inclined to reserve all judgments..." (Fitzgerald 22-23).
"...this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit. Conduct may be founded...but after a certain point I don’t care what it’s founded on" (Fitzgerald 29-31).
"It was Jordan Baker; she...called me...her own movements...'I’ve left...''...I’m going...'” (Fitzgerald 1769-1772).
"...impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire..." (Fitzgerald 156).
"...glancing at her impatiently..." (Fitzgerald 166-167).
"...infinitesimal hesitation he included Daisy..." (Fitzgerald 170).
"Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" (Fitzgerald 434-435).
"...trouble here,' said Tom excitedly" (Fitzgerald 1584-1585).
"...he made a harsh sound...with a violent thrusting movement of his powerful arms pushed his way..." (Fitzgerald 1586-1587).
"Tom’s broad hand fell sharply..." (Fitzgerald 1598-1599).
"...a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged" (Fitzgerald 222).
"...remotely rich..." (Fitzgerald 250).
"'...that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool'” (Fitzgerald 215-216).
"I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy..."
(Fitzgerald 219-222).
“Out, out, brief candle! Life's...”

--William Shakespeare, Macbeth
"...[the car] came out of the gathering darkness..." (Fitzgerald 1573-1574).
"...wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared..." (Fitzgerald 1574).
"...her life violently extinguished..." (Fitzgerald 1576).
"When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished" (Fitzgerald 263-264).
"...what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams..." (Fitzgerald 37-38).
"...faint, barely perceptible movement of the water...shadows of waves, the laden mattress moved irregularly down the pool."(Fitzgerald1855-1858).
How does Fitzgerald use imagery to foreshadow future character events?
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