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The Great Gatsby

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Griffin Floto

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
American Identity
Materialism is responsible for the change in the American identity
Party Lights vs. The Green Light
Gatsby throws big parties in hopes Daisy will see the lights
Gatsby looks at the green lights at the end of Daisy's dock

The lights represent Gatsby's love for Daisy as well as his hopes of being reunited with her
Deception in The Great Gatsby (Chapters 3-4)
Gatsby is love with Nick's cousin Daisy, who is married to Tom
Daisy had still had feeling for Gatsby before her wedding
Gatsby bought his mansion to be close to Daisy

Gatsby organizes a plan to become reunited with Daisy
He asks Nick to invite her over to tea and Gatsby will show up
Literary Devices
"Men and girls came and went, like moths among the whisperings" (Fitzgerald 39)

Men and girls came to Gatsby's parties like moths to a light
Moths will leave when the light is off, like the people
They are attracted to parties in the new materialistic society

Characters Introduced in This Chapter
"Owl Eyes"
Drunken man found in Gatsby's library
Symbolizes all seeing eyes, similar to the billboard
He mentions the books in the library are real, this symbolizes Gatsby's wealth and knowledge
Character Motives
Gatsby - Motivated not by money, but by love
(different from most of the upper class)
Nick - Motivated by curiosity
(curious about Gatsby)
Upper class is motivated by money, materialism and Gatsby's parties
Lower class is motivated by hatred towards the upper class

Chapters 3-4
Before the War
After the War
Traditional Values
Role of women
Christian values
Alcohol Use

New values
New role of Women
American Identity
World War One
A national trauma on the American consciousness
The economy changed following World War one
Women's role changed in WWI because they took over men's jobs
Women rebelled when they were forced back into their traditional roles
American society is separated by social class
American Identity
Materialism is responsible for the change in the American identity
Relates to Gatsby because of his parties and large houses
Over drinking at parties - change in traditionalism
Material wealth increases social status
After the war ended, everyone wanted to celebrate so they started to excessively party.
Materialism is shown in Great Gatsby through Gatsby's mansion
Women Rebelling is shown in the dancing and drinking at Gatsby's parties
Trauma from the war people illegally drink to cope is shown at Gatsby's parties as well.
American society is separated by social class
East and West Egg
Old money and new money
Separatism between classes
Creates tension and dislike
East and West
An egg is white on the outside while yellow on the inside
The egg is a deception
Deception is used throughout the entire novel by the people living in both eggs
The people in each egg assume facts about the people from the other
"Meyer Wolfsheim"
Introduced to Nick when he and Gatsby are out for lunch
Involved in shady business
Nick gets the impression that Gatsby gets his wealth in illegal ways
Nick realizes its a possibility that Gatsby is involved with Wolfshiem's crimes

Symbolism and Simile
Literary Devices
"If I would attend his "little party" that night" (Fitzgerald 41)

Gatsby's parties were huge
In a new age of materialism these parties were considered normal
Social status was very important, and these parties were crucial to show one's status
"He's a bootlegger" (Fitzgerald 61)
"... with that resourcefulness of movement that is so peculiarly American" (Fitzgerald 64)
"He just saw the opportunity" (Fitzgerald 73)
"East Egg condescending to West Egg" (Fitzgerald 44)
"and hissed: 'you promised!' into his ear" (Fitzgerald 51)
"...he's a regular tough underneath is all" (Fitzgerald 78)
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