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THE GREAT GATSBY

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Transcript of THE GREAT GATSBY

Nick and Jordan's Circumstantial Love
Summer 1922
Summer 1922
Summer 1922
Lack of Genuine Feelings
No intention nor reason
Daisy's remark seems to bring them together rather than their own attraction
Weak Emotional Connection
September 1922
A relationship based off of fame and status
Emotional disconnect
Attraction caused by curiosity rather than love
"'In fact I think I'll arrange a marriage. Come over often, Nick, and I'll sort of--oh--fling you together" (Fitgerald 23 ).
"Her gray, sun-strained eyes stared straight ahead, but she had deliberately shifted our relations, and for a moment I thought I loved her"(Fitzgerald 58).
DOWNFALL
Speechless Nick
"You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn't I? I mean it was careless of me to make such a wrong guess. I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride."
"It made no difference to me. Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply--I was casually sorry, and then I forgot" (Fitzgerald 58).
Easily lets go of their relationship little emotional connection
Is not surprised by her exterior relationships.
Does not seem hurt
"At first I was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf champion. [...] Then it was something more. I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity" (Fitzgerald 58 ).
"Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away (Fitzgerald 169)."
Even when he feels some emotion, he still walks away because he has no reason to be with her
No aftermath of their break-up.

No reaction to her flaw of dishonesty, even though Nick prides himself in being honest.
" I doubted that, though there were several she could have married at a nod of her head, but I pretended to be surprised. [...]I thought it all over again quickly and got up to say good-bye" (Fitzgerald 168).
He 'thinks' he loves her, doubtful about his own feelings.
An uncertain love triggered by looks
Nick and Jordan easily break-up.
Nick realizes, with the help of Jordan that he is not the honest man he believed himself to be.
Nick cannot express his true feelings.
Gatsby and Daisy's True Love
Summer 1922
Summer 1922
Summer 1922
Making Sacrifices

‘Well, I tried to swing the wheel—’
He broke off, and suddenly I guessed at the truth.
‘Was Daisy driving?’
‘Yes,’ he said after a moment, ‘but of course I’ll say I was. (Fitzgerald 154)



High Expectations
‘I wouldn’t ask too much of her,’ I ventured.
‘You can’t repeat the past.’
‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously.
‘Why of course you can!’ (Fitzgerald 141-142)
Downfall

I believe that true love can lead to a greater downfall because one individual is guaranteed to suffer the loss of his or her love, there are high expectations and making sacrifices for one another.
Suffer the Loss of Their Love
'Oh, you want too much!’ she cried to Gatsby.
‘I love you now—isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly.
‘I did love him once—but I loved you too.’ Gatsby’s eyes opened and closed.
‘You loved me TOO?’ he repeated. (Fitzgerald 118)
Daisy admits that she loves Gatsby, but at the same time she says she loved Tom too
Daisy has already betrayed Gatsby once in the past and that was when she leaves him after the war saying she would wait for him but ends up marrying Tom
Betrays him again by claiming she loves the both of them
Downfall because Gatsby has always waited for Daisy and she’s constantly letting him down, which leads to him suffering the consequences
The one he loves, loves him but also another man at the same time
Nick tries to explain to Gatsby that what Daisy and him had was in the past and there was an unlikely chance of anything happening the same way it occurred five years ago
Gatsby doesn’t want to believe Nick; in his mind he believes that Daisy and him will be able to “repeat history”
Downfall because he has these high expectations of everything going back to being perfect with Daisy; but high expectations lead to disappointment's

When he finds out that she has married Tom


When Daisy hits Myrtle with the car, causing Myrtle to die, Gatsby says he will take the blame

He doesn’t want to see Daisy face the consequences, hence he is sacrificing himself for Daisy

Downfall because later on Tom convinces Wilson that Gatsby had killed Myrtle and Wilson shoots Gatsby, which leads to the death of Gatsby
Compare two types of love, what do they achieve?
Questions
If you were Daisy, would you have let Gatsby take the blame for you? Why or why not?
How would you describe the relationship the Gatsby and Daisy have?
Do you think Daisy is Materialistic? Give examples from the novel to support your idea
Explain whether or not you think Tom was afraid that Daisy would leave him for Gatsby

With more honesty in Nick and Daisy's relationship, how would have their relationship be different?
Which relationship/s in the Great Gatsby achieve the most happiness? What kind of love do they have?
Compare Nick's dishonesty with Daisy's. Who's causes more damage in their relationship?
What personality traits are emphasized when someone is in an honest relationship? A dishonest relationship?
True love is when you and your significant other have a very strong affection towards each other and you desire one another.

Circumstantial love is loving relationship, caused by an external force or circumstances rather than a personal attraction. Usually this love is not considered true
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