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Copy of Chapter 1 analysis for The Great Gatsby
Transcript of Copy of Chapter 1 analysis for The Great Gatsby
Summer of 1922 Nick Carraway moves to New York
He rents an apartment building next door to the Gatsby Mansion in West egg.
East egg is the old rich. West egg is the new rich. Carraway is from a rich family and plans to work in the bond business.
Characters:Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby, Jordan Baker.
One evening, Nick drives back to east egg to visit his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom.
He meets Daisy's friend Jordan who is a proffessional golfer who Nick finds attractive and is joining them for dinner.
Tom tries to interest everyone in a book called, "The Rise of the Colored Empires".
Tom leaves to make a phone call from New York. Jordan implies that it was his secret lover.
The party is over because Jordan wants to go home, since she has a golf tournament the next morning.
Nick leaves too, and Daisy and Tom mention he should try a relationship with Jordan Baker.
When Nick comes home, he sees Gatsby for the first time standing on his lawn reaching out toward a green light acrossed the bay. Which marked the end of a dock.
"When ever you feel like critizing anyone,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in the world haven't had the advantages you've had" (Fitzgerald 5)
Chapter 1, Quotes, Themes symbolism, etc.
Nick Carraway came from a rich family. By his dad telling him this, he means for Nick to make sure he takes nothing as unfair. But instead remember how fortunate he actually is.
"Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn." (Fitzgerald 2)
Gatsby is a unique and genuine individual. When Nick hears about Gatsby he realizes that there is so much more beyond him being just a successful man. Nick looks at him as if he has conquered the world but at the same time--wouldn't want to be Gatsby.
"All right,'I said,'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool-- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." (Fitzgerald 17)
Daisy explains that there isn't much hope for an intellegant woman in the open world. But she claims they are better off being beautiful and enjoying their life. In Daisy's head the obstacles in the 1920s for women was to overwhelming. This foreshadows who Daisy really is later in the book.
Theme: Chapter 1
The eye of the 1920s
The symoblism used in chapter one is most likely used to express the excitment of the "new rich" in the 1920s. Nick Carraway arriving to west egg gives the taste of what it would have been like on the adventure to riches in the 1920s. Fitzgerald provides a little bit of Nick's innocent past, and its just enough to mislead whats to come in the next chapters. "It was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy". Along with expressing his other featured riches-- describing Gatsby's mansion, is one way that Fitzgerald really in depth, explains the beauty of East to West egg in the 1920s. Daisy often hints at who she is by how she observes things. Using hints such as quote 3, or how as Nick leaves her house she insists that he should try to date her friend Jordan. This chapter sets up the look of the "controling" features both Daisy and Tom also hold. Somewhat foreshadowing.
Nick Carraway- Nice young fellow moving to east egg with an alternative perspective on most things.
Tom Buchanan- some sort of intellectual, tries to impress others and contain attention.
Daisy- Kind, and experienced. Nick looks up to her in ways. She is his older cousin.
Gatsby- Mysterious and unidentified, he makes Nick curious with his every move.
Jordan Baker- Impressive with her looks and ability to play golf. Nick can't help but be a little attracted to her perfect lifestyle.