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Great Gatsby : Chapter 5 Literary Analysis
Transcript of Great Gatsby : Chapter 5 Literary Analysis
The three characters (Gatsby, Daisy and Nick) developed important qualities in chapter 5.
Gatsby feels just as in love with Daisy as he did before he left for war
It is significant that Gatsby, in his nervousness about whether Daisy's feelings toward him have changed, knocks over Nick's clock: this signifies both Gatsby's consuming desire to stop time and his inability to do so.
Text to Movie
Stylistic Devices &
Personification: “An hour later the front door opened nervously” (84).
Chapter 5 is the central chapter in Great Gatsby, because Gatsby’s introduction to Daisy is the hinge on which the novel swings. Before Gatsby and Daisy met at the tea party, their relationship is nothing but a hope, as Gatsby moves toward his dream which no one else knows of. After the event, the aspect of romance in the literature is manifested much more, and the tensions in Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship begin to create themselves. Once Gatsby and Daisy’s history is revealed, the two meeting again becomes inevitable.
By: Jessica Bosse and Nick Saikaley
Gatsby and Daisy’s characters transform during their meeting, and different aspects of their personalities are revealed. Gatsby usually plays himself as the Oxford-educated socialite.In Daisy's presence, he loses usual manner and acts like an awkward love-struck young man.
Daisy too is moved to sincerity when her feelings for Gatsby get the better of her. Before the meeting, Daisy displays her usual sarcastic humour; when Nick asks her not to bring Tom to tea, she responds “Who is Tom?”(83) Yet seeing Gatsby strips her of her slick veneer. While at Gatsby’s house, she feels overwhelmed by tears of joy at his success upon seeing the pile of his expensive English shirts.
The two main qualities that Nick claims to possess are honesty and tolerance. The trait of tolerance is manifested again in this chapter. His arrangement of the meeting brings his practice of tolerance almost to the level of complicity—just as he tolerantly observes Tom and Myrtle’s affair, so he facilitates the possibility of an extramarital affair for Daisy, which could potentially ruin her marriage. Ironically, all the while Nick is disgusted by the moral decay that he witnesses among the rich in New York.
Idiom:"I've got my hands full" (83).
Similie/Imagery: “A damp streak of hair lay like a dash of blue paint across her cheek, and her hand was wet with glisencing drops [of rain]... ” (85,)
Nick was arriving home when he stated: "Two o'clock and the whole corner of the peninsula was blazing with light, which fell unreal on the shrubbery and made thin elongating glints upon the roadside wires. Turning a corner, I saw that it was Gatsby's house, lit from tower to cellar."(Fitzgerald,81)
This chapter also highlights the uncertainty of Nick and Gatsby’s relationship. It makes the reader question if they have a genuine friendship, or if Gatsby is just using Nick to get closer to Daisy.This question is not easily answered.
This chapter largely appealed to pathos. It appealed to the reader’s emotions when Gatsby and Daisy reunited, and Daisy sobbed with joy.
Longing for the past
In Daisy's case, material wealth is a key aspect in her love for Gatsby.
Metaphor: "suddenly with a strained sound, Daisy bet her head and began to cry stormily" (92)
The movie and book are pretty much how you would imagine the story to be from reading the book. The scene of the movie during that start of the tea meeting is very awkwarnd quiet, and the characters looked very uneasy. The movie gave a more visual aspect and opened the viewer's eyes to how things appeared in the 1920's.
Text to World
The way that Gatsby and Daisy act when they first see each other for the first time after 5 years is like any two people who share mutual intimate feelings, things start off uncomfortably until the two warm up to each other. Just like Gatsby and Daisy at Nicks house, things began off very quiet with awkward glances at each other. However once the ice was broken and a few inspirational words from nick drove Gatsby to follow his heart he approached daisy with an open mind.
ABBA- Money is significant because it relates to Daisy as well as Gatsby. The lines “In my dreams I have a plan/If I got me a wealthy man/I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball” (5-8) describes Daisy’s wants for a rich man. It also describes her everyday life of leisure and relaxation. “In the rich man's world “Aha-ahaaa/All the things I could do/If I had a little money/It's a rich man's world” (14-18) can be related to Gatsby because after he returned from way he was determined to become wealthy to win over Daisy.
Cee-lo Green-“ Forget You” is relatable to Gatsby’s situation before he left for war. “I see you driving 'round town/With the girl I love and I'm like/I guess the change in my pocket/Wasn't enough” (1-4) states that Gatsby didn’t have a cent to his name, and Daisy couldn’t marry him because of this.
Rihanna- “Unfaithful” “He's more than a man and this is more than love/The reason that the sky is blue/But clouds are rolling in because I'm gone again/And to him I just can't be true” (4-8) This directly reflects the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby, Daisy does love Gatsby, but at the same time she also lusts him for his riches.
Mariana’s Trench- “Fallout”
An empty room,
I'm empty too
Everything that I do
Reminds me of you
So many things that
I shouldn't have missed
The more that I push
And the more you resist
It's easy to say it's for the best
When you want more,
Well you leave me with less
Imagine Dragons- “Demons” “Your eyes, they shine so bright/I wanna save that light/I can't escape this now/Unless you show me how” (70-74)
Drake- “Make me Proud”
"Ain't We Got Fun" is significant for a number of reasons. The opening lyrics "In the morning/ In the evening/ Ain't we got fun" (1-3) imply a carefree vibe that stands in stark contrast to the tightly-controlled quality of the lovers' reunion. This contrast is further sharpened by the words of the next verse, which are: "Got no money/ But oh, honey/ Ain't we got fun!" (19-21). It is ironic that Gatsby and Daisy should reunite to the strains of this song, given the fact that she rejected him because of his poverty.
Drake- "Started from the bottom"
Why did Daisy cry in Gatsby's mansion?
What did Gatsby dres Nick's home with?
How did Jay and Daisy feel after tea?
What was Jay Gatsby's mentality during tea?
What causes Gatsby to knock over Nick's clock?
He was drunk
The clock startled him
He was nervous
He was annoyed by the clock
She was happy for Gatsby
She has depression
She was intoxicated
She was nervous
-Daisy's everlasting love for Gatsby is renewed.
-This sparks a person vs self conflict between Daisy and her feelings.
-Results in the suspicion that Tom feels and basally the murder of Myrtle.
-Chapter 5 is a possible climax
"I found that female subjects were more responsive to non-verbal cues (compared to verbal cues) than men were. (Freeman, 2)