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The Great Gatsby Chapter 7

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on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby Chapter 7

Daisy and Tom's daughter
Chapter 7 is the first chapter that we actually see Daisy and Tom's daughter Pammy. This may be because they have enough money to hire a nanny 'A freshly laundered nurse leading a little girl came into the room'. It could be possible that Daisy and Tom have so much money that they do not feel the need to look after their daughter but instead prefer to leave her with a nurse and sit around drinking with people that they invite to their house. In addition "bles-sed pre-cious" shows that daisy might have a detached relationship with her daughter due to having a nanny. Pammy's presence shatters Jays dreams of going back to the way things were between him and Daisy.
The time period's economy compared to today
The book is set almost 100 years ago when everything was much cheaper than it is today, for example, when Tom fills Jays car with petrol it only costs a 'dollar twenty' whereas today the price has sky increased to cost anywhere over £30.
Males considered themselves more important than females
The rich are cruel to the poor
During this chapter, Tom says to Wilson "What do I owe you?" demanded Tom harshly.' This shows Tom being rude to Wilson because he only works at a petrol pump and so thinks less of, this is very stereotypical of this era. Because Wilson is not educated then it is only natural for Tom to think this due to his violent, abusive and cruel nature.
Upper class cultures
Within the Chapter it says " four gin rickeys that clinked full of ice".A "gin rickey" is a cocktail made with gin, lime, sugar and soda. alcohol was more expensive and by drinking a lot it shows that upper class people could afford the luxury lifestyle. Through the whole book, class is shown to over rule peoples views on each other. Those who don't have a good education were viewed to not be part of the upper society.
Chapter 7 Synopsis
Within this chapter, Gatsby tries to confront Tom with Daisy but Daisy is still struggling to choose between Tom and Gatsby. Gatsby and Daisy then drive away and accidentally run over Myrtle, killing her instantly. Everyone then assumes that it was Gatsby who was driving when in actual fact, it was Daisy who was driving.
The Great Gatsby Chapter 7
Throughout the book, it has been a well known fact that Tom has been having an affair with another woman without any guilt whatsoever. But then, when he finds out that Daisy has now been cheating on her he is 'astounded' and even seems a little insulted by the situation. This is shown when he says 'You think I'm pretty dumb, don't you?' This shows males feeling more dominant as he feels he has the right to be angry at someone who is treating him just as badly as he has treated them for years.
This relates to diamond as big as the ritz because it shows that wealth is a addiction and the washington's kill themselves at the end because they can't cope with losing their wealth, they also blow up the diamond because if they can't have it then no one can. Tom is shown to be greedy and selfish much like the Washingtons.

America is a country obsessed with wealth to a gaudy, destructive, and shameful degree. Wealth has
replaced religion; men worship at the altar of
diamonds and gold. Horrible things are done
in the name of wealth, including imprisonment
and murder, and these actions are written off
as natural consequences of success and expansion.
The detrimental consequences of such an obsession
are made clear. Wealth can be its own prison, the
narrative argues, and blindly chasing it dehumanizes
its pursuers and devalues human life.
In a house the nurse was a more senior member of the household staff and ran nursery. Because of their deep involvement in raising the children of the family, nannies were often remembered with great affection and treated more kindly than the junior servants. Nannies may have remained in the employment of the same aristocratic family for years, looking after successivse generations of children. This may be why Daisy is not close to her daughter.
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