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The Great Gatsby

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Yanick Kloß

on 21 June 2015

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

The Polo Player
Tom Buchanan
Tom Buchanan
Monday, April 20, 2015
Englisch K1/2
The narrator
Novel into film
Nick Carraway
The East and the West
Daisy Buchanan
Daisy Buchanan
Daisy Buchanan
...never makes any decisions

...not independent

...chatters most of the time

...“I hope she`ll be a fool – that´s the best thing that a girl can be in this world - a beautiful little fool”

Long Island
...Nick buys a house in West Egg on Long Island, New York
...Daisy’s husband
...famous football player
...comes from an enormously rich family
...aggressive and arrogant

...“This idea is that we are Nordics (…) and we have produced all the things that go to make civilization”

...has a mistress and Daisy knows about it

Daisy tells a story about a butler whose nose is damaged because he used to be the silver polisher for some rich people and eventually the polish began to affect his nose...
The story begins when Nick visits his cousin Daisy at the other side of the bay in the more fashionable East Egg...

The Valley of Ashes
The next day Tom takes Nick to the valley of ashes and introduces him to his mistress...
The Corona Ash Dumps

...area of land between Great Neck and Manhattan that was full of the garbage and the ash that New York produced

Myrtle Wilson
Tom takes Nick to New York to spend some bizarre hours with Myrtle Wilson and her friends...
Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s
People kept drinking
Illegal selling of alcohol

the Buchanans` mansion
the Valley of Ashes
"The Party has begun..."

...Nicks Cousin

...beautiful and with an “absurd, charming little laugh”

...“The kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of notes”

Jay Gatsby
"They say..."
“...he is a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm`s!”
“...he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil”
“...he was a German spy during the war....”
"...he is a bootlegger..."
Jay Gatsby
In July Gatsby takes Nick to New York, and on their way he tells him "the truth" about Jay Gatsby...
Jordan Baker
...friend of Daisy`s
...independent (no husband)
...professional golf player
...smokes, drinks, …
This afternoon she tells Nick the story about Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan...
Gatsby and Daisy
1917 Daisy lived in a big house with wealthy parents in Louisville next to a camp of the US-Army...

She was very popular there and all young men in the camp were fascinated by her beauty...
Gatsby and Daisy
One of them was Gatsby, and they fell in love and had a happy time till the war separated them from each other...

After war Gatsby did not return and Daisy married Tom Buchanan...

o West
 Agriculture as most important economic factor
 Strict and Conservative attitude
o East
 Modern America
 European values
 American Dream
 New technologies (automobiles, …)

Nick Carraway

...belongs to a prominent, wealthy family from the Mid-West

...graduates in 1915

...joins WW1

...comes back restless => moves to the East in spring 1922
Gatsby and Daisy
Gatsby wants Nick to arrange a meeting...
In the following days Gatsby and Daisy spend a lot of time together, but for Gatsby that is not enough...
Daisy has to say that she has never loved Tom...
The Plaza Hotel
Tom wants to know what is going on between Gatsby and his wife...
In a hotel room in New York he confronts Gatsby with his accusations...
Myrtle Wilson
When Gatsby and Daisy drive through the valley of ashes the car hits Myrtle Wilson...
The other car arrives there later and Tom tells George Wilson that it was Gatsby driving the car...
James Gatz
James Gatz was the son of poor farmers, but he never accepted them as his parents...
In his imagination he was a son of God and destined for higher things...
James Gatz
Striving for the perfect version of himself he left his parents and changed his name...
James Gatz
One day he met the millionaire Dan Cody and they travel around the world...
After Codys death his family cheated Gatsby out of the money he inherited...
James Gatz
He joined the army and fell in love with Daisy Buchanan...
After the war he went to Oxford for five months...
James Gatz
He met Meyer Wolfshiem and got into the bootlegger business...
After he had made a lot of money he bought the house in West Egg to be near to Daisy...
George Wilson
On the next day George Wilson kills Jay Gatsby to take revenge for Myrtle...
Tom and Daisy leave New York...
Nick organizes the funeral but can`t find anyone to come...
Who is guilty?
Tom Buchanan
arrogant and ruthless
lives in wealth because he lets poor people work for him
sees the Nordics as the superior race
has a mistress
wants to control his wife’s live?
Daisy Buchanan
doesn’t make any decisions
not able to leave her husband and be independent
kills Myrtle Wilson and lets Gatsby take the blame?
Jay Gatsby
never accepted his parents
his life is a lie
sees himself as a son of god?
Winners and Losers
Tom Buchanan, a man from high birth
Jay Gatsby, "Mr. Nobody from Nowhere"
The American Dream
James Gatz had the dream of becoming Jay Gatsby...
This dream is the American dream!
Gatsby`s life shows that these dreams are just illusions
"Careless people..."
“They were careless people (…) – they smashed up things (...) and then retreated back into their money (...) and let other people clean up the mess they had made”
Is Gatsby great?
Repeating the past
"You cant`t repeat the past!"
“Can´t repeat the past? Why of course you can. I´m going to fix everything just the way it was before.”
The Great Gatsby
Is it Daisy who he loves or just her money, status, family, …
Does he need Daisy for his “perfect transformation”?

bootlegger but doesn´t drink
owns a pool but doesn`t swim
tried to live the American dream
dies without love, friends, but with hope
"gift for hope"

The Great Gatsby - Novel into film
The Great Gatsby - Novel into film
George Wilson
brutal husband
kills Jay Gatsby
commits suicide
"The truth about me..."
son of a very rich family who are all dead now => got all their money
lived in all capitals of Europe
spend his time collecting jewels, hunting, painting
was a war hero
went to Oxford
George Wilson, a poor worker
Is wealth good?
...the colour gold
The book and the film
Nick tells the story to an unknown audience
Nick tells the story to a psychiatrist
Mr. Gatz comes to the funeral
Nick never meets Mr. Gatz
Nick and Tom meet again some months later
no such meeting
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