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The Great Gatsby Chapter 5
Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 5
Fantasy vs. Reality
Gatsby's wonder at Daisy
Daisy's emotional response to Gatsby's "beautiful" shirts
They both have an idea of how life would be if they stayed together or if they ran away together
However, reality hits and they realize that it can not happen
Reality does not live up to the fantasy they made up in their heads
The setting of this chapter is addressed in various locations; Nick’s house and Gatsby’s house. On the day of the meeting between Daisy and Gatsby, Nick’s house is decorated all over in preparation for the reunion.
Gatsby has been longing after Daisy for years, and in Chapter 5, he finally gets to meet her. Nick goes on to explain that the journey towards a goal can often times be more satisfying than the goal itself. Why do you think this is the case?
“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dream-not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It has gone beyond her, beyond everything.” (5.152)
Nick realizes that Gatsby has built an unrealistic expectation of Daisy in his mind.
Not Daisy’s fault that she may have tumbled short of his dream
His expectation of her was simply an unrealistic fantasy that she could never possibly achieve
Many consider the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy to be the climax of the novel.
Everything Gatsby has done has been leading up to this exact moment.
This is emphasized through the unraveling of Gatsby’s character.
Daisy comes to the tragic realization that Gatsby is truly able to provide her with the lifestyle that she wants.
Feels like a third wheel/ intruder
He steps outside and stays in the rain
Helps Gatsby plan the meeting with Daisy
Nervous yet excited for Daisys visit
He is in a very vulnerable state
Unlike his usual confident and polished persona
Wants everything to be perfect
Overreacts over how their meeting is going
Described as having a special and excited voice
She is overwhelmed by Gatsby's lifestyle
She is shown as vulnerable, as she cries over his shirt
Longing for the Past
Gatsby knows that it has been 5 years since he spoke to Daisy but they ignore that fact and try to continue their relationship from where it left off
Fantasizing about Reality
Gatsby doesn't realize that Daisy has changed and is not the same person he fell in love with 5 years ago, Instead he is in love with the idea of Daisy
Daisy is now very materialistic and only cares about money and also bases success on wealth
"Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes." (5.84)
Descriptive imagery of Gatsby’s demeanor
He is usually very well groomed and put together
He has unraveled and we see the raw and unadulterated version of Gatsby
This emphasizes how paramount this moment truly is
If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay . . . You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." (5.121)
The green light represents all of Gatsby’s hopes and dreams related to his undying love for Daisy.
Gatsby seems to have been able to achieve this unattainable goal
The green light no longer holds any meaning
Gatsby must now face the reality of Daisy as opposed to the idea of her
The setting of this chapter also takes place in Gatsby’s mansion, where they headed off to after having lunch at Nick’s house.
The Green Light
“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever” (Fitzgerald 98).
“It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before” (Fitzgerald 98).
“It stopped raining” (Fitzgerald 94).
“I’m sorry about the clock” (Fitzgerald 94).
"Race to the Board"
The class will be split into 2 teams
One member of each team will have be given a marker
A question will be presented on the screen
Teams will have 10 seconds to discuss the answer
Each member must race to the board and write their answer on the board
If someone does not know the answer or wants to skip their turn, they can give the marker to another team member
Who helps Gatsby and Daisy renew a love they had before?
Why does Daisy cry when Gatsby shows her his shirts?
A) She loves shirts
B) She has missed Gatsby
C) She thinks of the life she could have had
Answer: It was raining
Answer: The Green Light
Answer: 5 years
What is a major theme in chapter 5?
A) Fantasy vs Reality
What symbolized the dream of Gatsby and Daisy's possible future together ?
A) The Green Light
B) The Weather
C) The Flowers
What was the weather like at first when Daisy and Gatsby met?
Why did Gatsby want to impress Nick?
A) In the hopes that Nick would help organize the meeting between him and Daisy
B) He wants Nick to be his best friend
C) He wants Nick to be his business partner
Who goes above and beyond to make everything perfect?
What does Gatsby long for?
A) To make more money and have more possessions
B) To recreate the past and to stop time
C) To move to Europe
How long does Gatsby say it has been since he has last seen Daisy?
What does Nick realize about Gatsby's idea of Daisy?
A) It's unrealistic since she can't be the same person she was 5 years ago
B) She is exactly the same and hasn't changed
C) She is more quiet and reserved
What made Daisy cry at Gatsby’s house?
A) She ripped her dress
B) His large swimming pool
C) The English Shirts
When do Daisy and Gatsby gradually warm up to each other?
A) When Gatsby begins to cry
B) When Nick leaves them both alone
C) When Daisy kisses Gatsby