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The Great Gatsby: IOP Presentation

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The Great Gatsby: IOP Presentation
Daisy Buchanan
Myrtle Wilson
Myrtle plant is a scrappy shrub
Myrtle Wilson lives in the valley of ashes (She is of a lower class)
Daisy and Myrtle are both named after flowers
Jordan Baker
Intelligent- Gatsby came from a lower class growing up and after leaving home, he worked hard to make a name for himself
Fearless when protecting partner- Gatsby was willing to do anything for Daisy

The significance of Fitzgerald's choice in names
The goal of this presentation is to reveal the significance and symbolism shown behind the character's names in
The Great Gatsby
daisy's represent beauty, innocence and loyal love
"Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth-but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered "Listen" a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour." Pg. 13
Daisy has a way of intriguing people with her beauty
It is ironic that a Daisy represents innocence (running over Myrtle) and loyal love (her affair with Gatsby)
The petals (outside) of a daisy are white
From the outside, Daisy Buchanan's life seems perfect
The core of a daisy is yellow
On the inside, she is nowhere near perfection
"I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. '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.'" Pg. 21
The stem of the flower is green
green represents wealth and desire
"'They're such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such-such beautiful shirts before.'" Pg. 98
Daisy's decisions and actions depend upon her desire to have nice things just like a flower depends on the stem to support it
A daisy flower appears to be nicer than a myrtle shrub. This indicates further that Myrtle is just Tom's mistress.
The name Jordan can either be a boy or girls name
In the 1920's, women were starting to gain more rights (19th amendment)
Jordan represents the new 1920's
"She was a slender, small breasted girl with an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet." Pg. 15

"'Jordan's going to play in the tournament tomorrow,' explained Daisy, 'over at Westchester.'" Pg. 23
Jordan looks boyish and plays a sport for a living
Women's roles are changing
Jay Gatsby
Blue Jays: Faithful, intelligent, determined,fearless when protecting partner
Gatsby was both faithful and determined when trying to win over Daisy
"'Was Daisy driving?' 'Yes,' he said after a moment, 'but of course I'll say I was.'" Pg. 151

Gatsby was willing to risk everything and take the blame for Daisy
Gatsby
"Gat" is a slang term for a gun

Foreshadows the cause of Gatsby's death
Owl Eyes
Owl- wisdom, intelligence
"He waved his hand toward the book-shelves. 'About that. As a matter of fact you needn't bother to ascertain. I ascertained. They're real.' 'The books?' He nodded 'Absolutely real-have pages and everything. I thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact they're absolutely real.'" Pg. 50

Owl eyes recognizes how fake Gatsby is and to the extent he would go to impress his guests
Meyer Wolfsheim
Wolf-predator, danger, evil
"'Mr. Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler.' Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: 'He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919.'" Pg. 78

Wolfsheim changed the baseball game. He is capable of controlling people.

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