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The Great Gatsby; Power and Responsibility

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Danae Snyder

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Tom plays an important role in the theme of Power and Responsibility. He plays a very dominant and aggressive character. Nick describes him as having, “Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward” (Fitzgerald 7). This description of Tom influences his actions in his and Daisy’s marriage. His need for power in every situation is evident in his demeanor.
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Event 3
Gatsby is one of the main characters in the book that shows the theme of responsibility. At the party Gatsby, “Standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes,” watches over his guests because he feel responsible for entertaining them to keep his appearance well liked (Fitzgerald 42).
Chapter 3
This shows Gatsby alone looking over his party.
Event 4
Gatsby feels responsible to meet with Daisy and rekindle what they had five years ago. Now that Gatsby is friends with Nick he feels that he has the power to, "invite Daisy to [Nicks] house some afternoon and then let [Gatsby] come over (Fitzgerald 78).
The Great Gatsby;
Power and Responsibility

Event 1
In chapter two Toms dominance come out of him when Myrtle was repeating Daisy’s name and Tom smacked her and broke her nose. Tom used violence in order to assert his power over the situation and he dominated Myrtle by, “Making a short deft movement, Tom Burchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 37).
Event 2
This is a good picture that represents Tom and how his appearance is dominant looking.
This picture shows a man hitting a woman and it represents how Tom uses violence.
Chapter 4
Now that Gatsby has rekindled the emotions between him and Daisy, he feels responsible to love her forever.
Gatsby, "had thrown himself into it with a creative passion," and he completely devotes himself to loving her (Fitzgerald 95).
Event 5
Event 6
Gatsby feels that he has the power to override everything that has happened in the five years that he and Daisy weren't together. Gatsby is determine to, "fix everything just the way it was before" (Fitzgerald 110).
This shows how Gatsby uses Nick to invite Daisy over so they can meet.
Event 5 picture
Event 6 picture
This shows that Gatsby loves Daisy unconditionally and he wants to be with her forever
This shows Gatsbys confidence that he has complete control over his life
Event 7
Gatsby felt that he was responsible to stay at Daisy's house and watch over her in case Tom was to hurt Daisy. Gatsby is willing to wait "all night, if necessary," to make sure that Daisy is safe (Fitzgerald 145).
Event 7 picture
this shows how Gatsby was hiding out
Event 8
George takes the power into his hands to take revenge on who ever killed his wife. Therefore he leaves to seek out who it is and ends up at Gatsby's. Nick comes back from work to see, "a thin red circle in the water," and they find Georges body as well (Fitzgerald 162).
Event 8 picture
This shows how Gatsby was killed in his pool
Event 9
Nick feels responsible to invite many people to Gatsby's funeral because in his mind he knows Gatsby, "cant go through this alone" (Fitzgerald 165). Nick had only known Gatsby for a short amount of time but he felt the need to be there for him because no else was. He realizes that in all Gatsby was a good man and a better person than the Buchanans together.
Event 9 Picture
This picture represents the loneliness of Gatsby's funeral
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