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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
Nick and tom take a train through the valley of ashes into new york city. Tom takes Nick to Wilson's garage where we are introduced to Toms mistress Myrtle, who also happens to be Wilson's wife. Tom forces Nick and Myrtle to come with him to his apartment he keeps in new york. He throws a small get together with the neighbors where they drink gossip. Nick is a bystander throughout all of this. Soon Myrtle begins to bring up Daisy to Tom. Tom tells her not to bring up his wives name and when myrtal talks back Chanting "Daisy, Daisy, Daisy, Dai-"(37), Tom punches her right in the face, breaking her nose and ending the party.
Nick had received an invitation to an extravagant party hosted by Gatsby. He has never met him but nick decides to go. Almost immediately after arriving he runs into Daisy's friend Jordan Baker. The group of people Jordan is with; have never met Mr. Gatsby but they have heard rumors of who he is: a murderer, a german spy, and an Oxford graduate. as the night goes on Nick becomes more and more curious with who Gatsby actually is. Later that night Nick and Jordan go outside to watch the entertainment.hey sit next to a handsome man who strikes up a conversation with Nick. they talk and Nick remarks "This is an unusual party for me. I haven't even seen the host" (47). To witch the handsome man reveals that he in fact is Gatsby!
Valley of Ashes
In Between West Egg and New York is a "long desolate area of land. This is the valley of ashes- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens" (23).
The Great Gatsby
The Green Light
After Arriving in East Egg Nick drives over to visit his cousin, Daisy, and her husband, Tom, for dinner. When he arrives Daisy and her friend Jordan are lounged out on a big couch. When everyone sits down to have dinner, Tom gets a phone call from the woman Jordan believes to be his mistress in New York. When dinner is over Nick drives home, on his walk into his house he sees his neighbor Gatsby. He is on the lawn stretching both of his arms out to the lake. Nick tries to see what Gatsby is looking at but he can only make out "a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. when (Nick) looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished" (21).
When Nick and tom pass through the valley of ashes in their way to new york nick focuses on the unblinking eyes, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg watching over everything that happens. the eyes represents "god" watching over and passing judgement on all the people under the eyes watch. They look into your soul and see all your morals and values. the way Fitzgerald portrays them, they only mean something to the characters that have looked upon them and given them the meaning of their overseer.
Gatsby throws these extravagant parties hoping that Daisy will show up at one. They symbolize the way people can hide behind their wealth. Gatsby's parties also show how society will take advantage of a person for having an excess amount of money.
Even though Gatsby had all these people at his parties, none of them were really his friends. Gatsby's parties are a reflection of the morals of the community in East Egg at this point in time.
Nick agreed to invite daisy over for tea. He excludes the fact that Gatsby would be joining them but instead insists that she "come alone". Gatsby goes overboard with the whole thing, he even gets nicks lawn done and brings all these different flowers into his house. when Daisy arrives she is surprised by Gatsby's presence. the two are very awkward around each other. Nick sensing that they needs to be alone leaves the two for a half our. When he returns they are laughing together and speaking in exited yet hushed voices. Gatsby invites Nick and Daisy to his house to show off his mansion. The night ends when Gatsby kisses Daisy out on the dock.
Money represents the distance between people. When reflecting on the influence of money on the book we can see the famous quote "Rich boys don't marry poor boys". Because Gatsby isn't rich Daisy married Tom, so in turn Gatsby did everything he could to become wealthy and get her back.
Chapter 5/ Chapter 6
Gatsby tells Nick the truth about his past. Gatsby was born on a North Dakota farm, he attended college at St. Olaf’s in Minnesota, he dropped out after two weeks One day, he saw a yacht and rowed out to warn him about an impending storm. the yacht owner took young Gatz in, who gave his name as Jay Gatsby. Gatsby fell in love with wealth and luxury. The yacht owner was a heavy drinker, and one of Gatsby’s jobs was to look after him when he got drunk. This gave Gatsby a fear of the dangers of alcohol, convincing him not to become a drinker himself. When the yacht owner died he left Gatsby $25,000, but the owners mistress prevented him from getting his inheritance. Gatsby dedicated himself to becoming a wealthy and successful man.
Every party throughout the book, weather in Gatsby's mansion or one of Toms private parties, involves alcohol and intoxication. Gatsby makes some of his money from bootlegging, although it was against the law. The appearance of alcohol throughout the book represents freedom from society, the laws, and even ones own mind.
At the time period when the Great Gatsby took place, cars were a sign of wealth. Gatsby possessed many cars, one of witch "was a rich cream color, bright and there in it’s monstrous length with triumphant hat-boxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns” (pg.33). these extravagant vehicles symbolize Gatsby's need to show off his money and try to attract Daisy's attention.
Nick travels to West Egg to have lunch at Tom and Daisy's house with Gatsby and Jordan. It is an extremely hot day and Daisy becomes bored. She suggests that they go into the city and Tom agrees that they should all take a drive to New York. Tom Nick and Jordan take Gatsby's car; and Daisy and Gatsby ride in Tom's. Stopping for gas at Wilson’s garage, Nick, Tom, and Jordan learn that Wilson has discovered Myrtle is cheating on him and plans to move her to the West. In New York, Tom questions Gatsby. Gatsby tells Tom that daisy never loved him. Tom turns to daisy and questions her about loving Gatsby. Daisy becomes upset and insists on leaving. Thinking it would calm her nerves Gatsby lets daisy drive his car. Later, while driving back to Long Island, Nick, Tom, and Jordan discover someone has been hit by a car. The trio learn that Myrtle was the victim, a car coming from New York City struck her then sped away. As the crowd of spectators describe the car Nick and Tom realize that Myrtle must have been hit by Gatsby's car. Tom and Nick assume that Gatsby was the driver.
The leaves near the pool at the end of chapter 9 symbolize the downfall of the remainder of Gatsby’s life. Daisy never called and his dream was never fulfilled. When the gardener tells Gatsby that the “leaves will start falling pretty soon” (153) it reminds us of fall, and decay. At the end of the chapter, after Gatsby is shot, “the touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it [ the rubber mattress that Gatsby laid dead on] slowly, tracing, like the leg of transit, a thin red circle in the water. ” which represent the end of Gatsby's life.
Daisy has yet to call after hitting and killing Myrtle the night before. Nick suggests that Gatsby forget about Daisy and leave Long Island. Gatsby refuses to even consider leaving Daisy behind. Gatsby's gardener asks him if he should drain the pool today before the leaves fall into it and Gatsby tells him not to do so until he takes a swim, for he hasn't used to pool all summer. Meanwhile Wilson looks for Tom, because he thinks that he is the cars owner and his wives killer. Tom tells Wilson that the car actually belongs to Gatsby and hints for him to take revenge. Wilson goes to Gatsby’s house, and finds Gatsby in his pool laying on an air mattress. Wilson shoots Gatsby, then shoots himself.
The Green Light (Again)
Nick Tries to hold a funeral for Gatsby. He reaches out and tries to contact all his "friends" who had been at his parties, all of witch have disappeared. when Nick tries to contact Tom and Daisy, he finds out that they have moved away and that they haven't left a forwarding address or a telephone number to call. Gatsbys friends, Meyer Wolfshiem, and Klipspringer refuse to come to the funeral. the only people who show up are Owl Eyes, a few servants, and Gatsby's father, Henry C. Gatz. On the last day nick spends in West Egg he re visits Gatsby's empty mansion, he goes out back and sees the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. Nick compares it to what America must have looked like before settlers had tore down the trees and built cities, just “a fresh, green breast of the new world”.