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The Great Gatsby Chapter 8

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Gluhdeez Barredo

on 25 April 2017

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 8

• Physical: Gatsby’s house.
1. Nick goes to Gatsby’s house.
2. Gatsby has a swim in his pool.
3. Wilson goes to Gatsby’s house and kills him.

• Political: Gatsby is the focal point
This chapter draws a line between everybody’s relationship after the events of the previous day with Gatsby, which brought him to the center of the stage.

• Psychological: worrying, overthoughtful, concluding
1. Nick worries about Gatsby and visits him after the events.
2. George Wilson is overthinking about the murderer of his wife.
3. Wilson and Gatsby die, relationships and dreams come to an end.

Character Development
The Great Gatsby Chapter 8
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Presented by Michael, John, Gladys, Musab
Summary in point form

Nick finds himself unable to sleep because of the events of that day.
Nick goes to Gatsby’s and advises him to leave Long Island.
Gatsby refuses and talks about his past about Daisy.
Nick leaves Gatsby’s and sums up the situation. Therefore, he narrates from Wilson’s point of view.
Wilson tries to find a safe place with his friend, Michaelis.
Wilson is being visited by Tom and later draws the inference that he was the murderer of his wife, but Tom refused and proclaimed that it was Gatsby.
George Wilson takes his gun and pays a visit at Gatsby’s.
Wilson finds Gatsby in his pool, kills him and then shoots himself in the head as well.

• Nick:

Even though Nick didn’t take part in the whole situation he still cared about his neighbour Gatsby and gave him a visit to advise him with his next move.
“You ought to go away,” I said. “It’s pretty certain they’ll trace your car.”
“Go to Atlantic City for a week, or up to Montreal.”

• Gatsby:

Gatsby has a succession of images, thoughts and emotions going through his mind about his future with Daisy. Even though after the terrible events he still has confidence.
“He wouldn’t consider it. He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free.”

• Wilson:
Since his wife, Myrtle, was killed, he felt that there wasn’t anything else for him in this world, which led him to an irrational behaviour.
- “Have you got a church you to sometimes, George?” - “Don’t belong to any”
“Until long after midnight a changing crowd lapped up against the front of the garage, while George Wilson rocked himself back and forth on the couch inside.”
- “He murdered her.”
“It was an accident, George.”
Wilson shook his head. His eyes narrowed and his mouth widened slightly with the ghost of a superior “Hm!”

Thematic Development

This chapter develops the theme of ‘’conclusion’’ by showing the consequences of each character that was involved into the situation. Nevertheless, Gatsby still believes though that he can be with Daisy and repeat his past but after the death of Myrtle a snowball effect is being created. Wilson, who was Myrtle’s husband, gets to a weird situation where he decides to just finish everything off by killing the man who he believes had killed his wife and then killing himself. After that instance, Tom and Daisy stay together and carry on their lives like nothing ever happened.

Figurative Language

“I couldn’t sleep all night; a foghorn was groaning incessantly on the sound…” (page 147)
It is shown that Nick Carraway is having a rough time falling asleep after the terrible events of that day.
It’s a personification because fog horns can’t grown.

“…at any moment the invisible cloak of his uniform might slip from his shoulders” (page 149) This is a metaphor because Gatsby’s false identity is like an invisible cloak that could be removed at any moment.

“…and felt over innumerable feet of dark wall…” This is personification, because walls do not have feet.

New vocabulary words

1. Penniless – having no money. (page 153)
ex. She was unemployed and

2. Abrupt – sudden and unexpected. (page 152)
ex. There was an
change in the weather.

3. Tact – adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues. (page 155)
ex.The peace talks required great
on the part of both leaders.

4. Rag – a piece of old cloth, especially one torn from a larger piece. (page 154)

5. Incoherent – something expressed in a confusing way. (page 156)
ex. He was very upset and practically
after the accident.

Literary devices Symbol

• Pool: It symbolizes the dream of luxury which Gatsby never fully realizes.

• Fallen leaves: The leaves near the pool symbolize the downfall of Gatsby’s life.

Important quotations

1. “She was the first “nice” girl he had ever known.” (page 148)
The reason the word “nice” is in quotation marks is that Gatsby does not mean that Daisy is the first pleasant girl that he has met. Instead, the word “nice” here means “refined”, having elegant and elevated taste, picky and fastidious.

2. “For Daisy and her artificial world--that was close at hand.” (page 151)
This description of Daisy’s life, apart from Gatsby, clarifies why she picks Tom in the end and goes back to her passive boredom.

Important questions:

1. What has promoted Gatsby to talk freely to Nick in this chapter?

2. What is the basis of Daisy’s decision to marry Tom?

3. What does Gatsby’s tragic ending say about wealth and its value and weight in determining happiness?

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