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The Great Gatsby ch. 7
Transcript of The Great Gatsby ch. 7
Nick is saying how Gatsby is looking at nothing when watching over Tom and Daisy The five of them leave for town, Daisy and Gatsby in Tom’s car and Tom, Nick and Jordan in Gatsby’s car. Tom stops at Wilson’s garage to get gas where he then finds out that Wilson plans on moving away with his wife because he finally realized that his wife, Myrtle, has been leading a separate life with Tom (however, he does not know that this affair is with Tom.) Tom now feels disconnected from Daisy and Myrtle. It has become too hot, so the five rent a suite in the Plaza Hotel. In This suit, Tom and Gatsby get in a fight in which Tom is undermining Gatsby and Gatsby is announcing that he and Daisy have loved each other. Daisy and Gatsby are constantly teaming up against Tom. Tom is revealing that Gatsby’s background is not at all what Gatsby has said it was. Gatsby says that Daisy never loved Tom because for 5 years she has been in love with Gatsby. Daisy admits this, but later disclaims it saying that she must have loved Tom. Tom also reveals Gatsby’s sleazy business with Wolfshiem and how he acquired his wealth. Daisy gets tired of this fighting and because Tom no longer feels threatened by Gatsby, he tells Gatsby and Daisy to leave in Gatsby’s car. Tom, Nick, and Jordan also leave and find Myrtle’s bleeding, torn apart body dead on the street. A Greek man, Michaelis, tells Tom that it was a yellow car that ran over her. Tom realizes that this yellow car was Gatsby’s car with Gatsby and Daisy in it. At the end of the chapter, Nick finds Gatsby in the bushes of the Buchanan’s mansion and states that Daisy was driving the car. Inside the house, Tom and Daisy are sat with bottles of ale and cold fried chicken between them seeming to have amended their differences. “So the whole caravansary had fallen like a card house at the disapproval in her eyes” (120).
the comparison to such an unstable house of cards shows how fragile Gatsby is when it comes to Daisy
“Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols, weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans” (122)
the way Daisy and Jordan are compared to idols makes the readers think of them as prized possessions as well as emphasizes the height of their personalities and the great demands they may place upon anyone may pursue them
“The prolonged and tumultuous arguments that ended by herding us into that room eludes me, though I have a sharp physical memory that, in the course of it, my underwear kept climbing like a damp snake around my legs...” (133).
Nick is describing the argument between Gatsby and Tom in such a negative connotation Imagery Metaphor “Tom talked incessantly, exulting and laughing, but his voice was as remote from Jordan and me as the foreign clamor on the sidewalk or the tumult of the elevated overhead” (143).
Tom's voice is described after the fight as being so distant, it's foreign "'He and this Wolfshien bought up a lot of side-street drug stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. That's one of his little stunts'" (141).
said by Tom, a man who has had a few drinks himself, about Gatsby in attempt to undermine
"As Tom took up the receiver...we were listening to the portentous chords of Medelssohn's Wedding March from the ballroom below" (134). Irony George Wilson Characters -Daisy and Jordan, as well as Daisy’s daughter, are dressed in white
-“Jordan’s fingers, powdered white...”(122)
-“...the single wrinkle of the small white neck.”(123)
-Daisy and Gatsby watching “...the white wings of the boat...”(124)
-Daisy is referred to as “High in a white palace the king’s daughter...”(127)
Greatly associated with Daisy; a daisy is a white flower
Generally associated with innocence/purity
Daisy proving to be destructive emphasizes the point that even the purest of characters have been corrupted "As my train emerged from the tunnel into sunlight, only the hot whistles of the National Biscuit Company broke the summering hush at noon. The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into deep heat with a desolate cry" (120). White Yellow/Gold -It is an extremely hot day: the color of the sun is gold
-“Did mother get powder on your old yellowy hair?”(123)
-Daisy is referred to as “the golden girl”(127)
-Gatsby’s car was a “yellow car...[a] big yellow car. New.”(147)
Generally an enchanted color
Gatsby wants to reclaim his past, which represents the American dream of reliving the prosperous Golden Age
Color of authentic, traditional, “old money”
Gold/yellow also signifies destruction, because it is what wealth brings. Wealth brings about selfishness and greed and carelessness
Yellow is the color of the car that runs Myrtle down
Green and gold contrast in a significant way. In old times people used gold as a means for exchange, but as a national currency was established green money replaced the gold.
Gatsby wants to be rich with old money so he can win the affection of his true love, and therefore owns a yellow car Green -Wilson is ill and “In the sunlight his face was green.”(129)
-“Michaelis wasn’t even sure of [the car’s] color--he told the first policeman that it was light green”(144)
Generally associated with life and vitality, but take a negative connotation in this chapter
Symbolizes money and its power in society
Green things represent the riches, as well as the importance of money in Gatsby’s life
Wilson’s sickness can be interpreted as being “green with envy” over Myrtle’s affair with another man
The fact that Michaelis mistakes Gatsby’s car for being green hints that Gatsby being of “new money” can sometimes be portrayed Summary Nick Carraway Jay Gatsby Tom Buchanan Daisy Buchanan Michaelis In this chapter, he finally understands that his wife is cheating on him and is both physically sickened as well as suspicious about it. This is our first introduction of this character. He is the one to inform us that Myrtle has been killed. After being locked up in an attic because her husband found out about her affair, Myrtle has an unfortunate ending. Her death symbolizes the devastating effects of American materialism. Essentially, Myrtle is killed by Gatsby's car which represents the wealth and power Myrtle yearned for, and even began her affair with Tom for. The famous "golden couple" appeared to have a frivolous relationship, but it was definitely not at its best. Zelda would flirt with other men and, in retaliation, Fitzgerald had an affair with a woman named Eugenie Bankhead. Tom's haughtiness and undermining
qualities are highlighted in this chapter
when he and Gatsby are arguing. Both
he and Gatsby also speak for Daisy as if she were a possession, showing that they do not think she is capable of making her own decisions, nor do they value her opinion. Gatsby's love for Daisy reaches its pinnacle in this chapter. He finally rebukes Tom's constant undermining comments. He not only wants Daisy's love, but the feeling of a time where Tom didn't exist in Daisy's life, which cannot be reached. Unfortunately, his dream and the illusion of Jay Gatsby come to an end in chapter 7. Nevertheless, we see Gatsby's persistence to hold on to this dream in the end of the chapter where he waits outside the Buchanan's home "for nothing". Daisy's love for Gatsby is clear in chapter 7. However, she does not seem to be willing to leave Tom for him. Prior to this chapter, Daisy appeared to be a stock character, representing a woman stuck in an unhappy marriage. But, in this chapter, we see a development in Daisy's character when she is confronted by Gatsby concerning who she loves. Daisy's reaction suggests she never intended to leave Tom for Gatsby at all. With her husband distracted, Zelda then became involved affair with a French aviator, which ended when she confessed all to Fitzgerald and asked for a divorce; she later changed her mind. Nick is an outlier in this chapter, disconnecting himself from the problem while still observing Over the years her emotional state began to deteriorate. Symbolism Blue -Gatsby, Daisy and Nick are observing the “...the blue cool limit of the sky.”(124)
-Tom’s vehicle is “a blue car, a coupe.”(148)
Blue is present around Gatsby more so than any other character
Represents Gatsby’s illusions and his deeply romantic dreams of unreality
By suggesting there is a limit to the sky, is also implied that there is a limit to Gatsby’s fantasies
Gatsby drives Tom’s blue car, which is the only one Daisy rides in, and therefore represents everything Gatsby dreams about but may never have Pink -Tom emphasizes that Gatsby “wears a pink suit.”(129)
-“....I could think of nothing except the luminosity of his pink suit under the moon.”(150)
-“[There was]....a pink glow from Daisy’s room on the second floor.”(152)
Generally associated with femininity
By stating that Gatsby is wearing a pink suit, Tom is able to degrade his authority
The pink suit represents a change in Gatsby from being viewed as an intimidating, mysterious man to becoming a bit more personal Colors Context Symbolism Weather Angry as I was, as we all were...”(137)
Weather matches the events and moods of the characters and of the events happening.It happened to be the hottest day of the summer and on this day the most climactic and intense scenes of the novel occured. The hot weather foreshadowed the coming events that were to change everything in the lives of the characters. Typically, intense heat causes emotions, such as anger and hard feelings and here the oppressive heat links with the oppressive situation. Motifs Automobiles
Cars have been regarded as status symbols since the early 20th century.
The automobiles driven by Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan symbolize their attributes as well: Gatsby's car is gaudy and bright. Tom refers to it as a "circus wagon" (108). Tom's drives a coupe, a high-end, traditional, elegant car. In addition, automobiles symbolize recklessness as shown by Gatsby's recklessness with money and Daisy’s recklessness as she runs into Myrtle Wilson.The car swap is also a crucial point because it juxtaposes old and new money. Theme Intelligence vs. Education “I read somewhere that the sun’s getting hotter every year...it seems that pretty soon the earth’s going to fall into the sun--or wait a minute--its just the opposite. The sun’s getting colder every year.”(124)
“You think I’m pretty dumb don’t you?...I have a--almost a second sight...that tells me what to do. maybe you don't believe that, but science---” (128)
These two quotes enforce the idea that money cannot buy everything. Although Tom had the money to attend a prestigious school such as Yale, his money did not buy him intellect. He makes uneducated, and somewhat ignorant, comments and rationalizes them through his own “science”. On the other hand, characters such as Gatsby express a more clever nature although he did not attend an ivy league school.
“There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind...”(131) Jordan Baker Much like Nick in this chapter, Jordan is a bystander in everything that occurs in this chapter, appearing to be more of Nick's companion than anything else. Pammy Buchanan Pammy Buchanan is the daughter of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. The mention of Pammy in this chapter does not serve to introduce her as a significant character in the novel, but an extension of Daisy's character. The way she is treated like an object by her mother shows Daisy's disconnect with emotion and how she lacks the potential to truly love and care for someone. "'Her voice is full of money,' he said suddenly" (127).
Gatsby on Daisy's voice Fitzgerald uses this quote in order to foreshadow Daisy's decision between Tom and Gatsby. Wealth is so engrained in everything about Daisy that you can even hear it when she speaks. She could never abandon the comfort and security she feels due to Tom's money. It also supports the divide between old and new money. Nick and Gatsby both understand this coming from a working class, whereas Daisy has been given everything since birth. "There was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well. Wilson was so sick that he looked guilty..." (131).
Nick on comparing Wilson and Tom Here, sickness and health can be compared to those with and without strong morals. After Myrtle's death, both Wilson and Tom feel sick. Wilson feels sick with suspicion and Tom sick with panic. This foreshadows later events in the novel. This "sickness" suggests how neither character may fail to uphold their morals in the future. Those who show almost no shock or sick-feeling to the situation
include Nick and Gatsby, both characters who throughout the novel have appeared moral and
good-natured. "'Was Daisy driving?' 'Yes,' he said after a moment, 'but of course I'll say I was'" (151).
Gatsby regarding the car accident This quote further supports how Gatsby cannot let go of the past, or Daisy. It is apparent Daisy has made her decision to stay with Tom, yet Gatsby would still sacrifice his reputation and freedom for her. The fact that Daisy was driving also hints that this was no accident. Since Daisy has ended her love affair with Gatsby and chosen Tom, she takes ending Tom's affair with Myrtle into her own hands too. In using the phrase "watching over nothing", Fitzgerald reiterates that there is no hope left for any type of romance between Daisy and Gatsby. Also, since there is no type of altercation between Tom and Daisy at the house, it is apparent Daisy never shared the
same feelings as Gatsby and had no plans to