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The Great Gatsby- Chapters 1 and 2

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Jack Lapierre

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby- Chapters 1 and 2

Plot Elements
East Egg
West Egg
East Egg: Materialistic and corrupt
West Egg: Idealistic and pure
East Egg: Given Wealth
West Egg: Obtained Wealth
Valley of Ashes
Juxtaposes wealth of the eggs
Greed caused by "American Dream"
New York City-Scandalous
Nick Caraway:
-Fit in
Characters and Development

Internal Moral Conflict


The Desire to Conform

Good VS Evil

The Influence of Environment on Character


Symbols and Motifs
or comments!
Color Symbols/Light VS Dark
Symbol of Affair
"I lived at West Egg, the- well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them." -page 9
"This is a valley of ashes- a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens, where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke." -page 27
Chapter 1
Nick moves to West Egg
Dinner with Tom and Daisy
Gastby on the dock
Green light foreshadowing
Dinner and relevance
Chapter 2
George Wilson's garage
Party at Morningside Heights
Myrtle gets hurt
Author's choice
More partying
Connection to Huck
"Their interest rather touched me... nevertheless, I was confused and a little disgusted as I drove away."
"I was within and without, silumtaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life."
Symbol of Valley of Ashes
"The younger of the two was a stranger to me. She was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless with her chin raised a little as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall." -Page 13
Slight attraction to Jordan
Candlelit dinner
Affair with Myrtle, loss of romance with Daisy
Beauty of Jordan poised on couch
Description of Myrtle, lack of beauty
Wealth of Buchanans, shown even in the interior of their house
"A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding cake of the ceiling- and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea." -Page 12
"I hope she’ll be a fool, —that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
-Page 21
"The bottle of whiskey-a second one- was now in constant demand by all present..." -Page 39
"Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope...When I came back from the East last Autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform...forever."
-Page 6
"Only Gatsby was exempt from my reaction...Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn."-Page 6
"This is a valley of ashes...of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air."-Page 27
Daisy Buchanan
-Husband affair
Tom Buchanan
Jordan Baker
-Daisy's friend
Myrtle Wilson
-Affair with Tom
-Married to George
George Wilson
-Repair shop
-Love Myrtle
Jay Gatsby
-Looks up to
"In Consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores."-Page 5
Light as a symbol- Daisy
Rich colors showing wealth
Light colors showing purity
Green light- future
"Why- She said hesitantly, Tom's got a woman in New York." -Page 19
Greed of wealthy
Desire for material possessions
Material side of society
Industrialized world
"He jumped to his feet and taking hold of my elbow literally forced me from the car. 'We're getting off!' he insisted. 'I want you to meet my girl.'"-Page 28
are the Mckees?
are the Wilsons?
is Catherine?
is Gatsby?
Tom Buchanan?
Daisy Buchanan?
Jordan Baker?
James Balducci, Femi Arimoro, Hayley Lapierre, Brendan Zotti, Sam Lostocco
The Great Gatsby
Chapters 1 and 2
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