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The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6 Analysis

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Jason Hum

on 27 October 2015

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6 Analysis

- The theme of this chapter is The American Dream.
- The American Dream is to be successful and wealthy, living the good life.
- We learn that Gatsby wasn't wealthy and started as a poor farmer, but meets Dan Cody who is wealthy.
- Dan Cody becomes Gatsby's mentor and helps him start with what would lead to Gatsby becoming rich.
- Gatsby also uses his wealth to win back Daisy.

Character Development
-Gatsby: In this chapter, Gatsby's past is told and his rise to wealth. We learn that Gatsby is determined to "fix everything to the way it was before" (110) with Daisy when they were together and does not see why he "can't repeat the past" (110) and says that "of course [he] can" (110), although Nick says otherwise.
Literary Devices
Hyperbole: "But his heart was in constant turbulent riot" (99)

Metaphor: "Meeting all kinds of crazy fish" (103)

Allusion "Listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star." (Pg 110)
Symbolism "His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy white face came up to his own." (Pg 110)
The weather: When the flashback to Gatsby meeting Dan Cody it is a bad storm and when Gatsby saves the sailboat from a crash the skies clear.
White (face) “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own” (99): This shows Gatsby believes Daisy is pure and innocent like the color white.
Gatsby’s parents: Gatsby’s parents were the true cause for his unhappiness. His parents were “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people,” when all Gatsby wanted was wealthy and powerful parents.
The Yacht: Growing up poor and unhappy, this extravagant yacht seemed like the ultimate dream for Gatsby. The yacht represented wealth and success
-In this chapter we learn about the different social classes and more information about Gatsby's past.
-Dan Cody in this chapter is used as the kind of person Gatsby desires to be; wealthy and powerful.

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6 Analysis
The Great Gatsby Chapter 6
- We learn about Gatsby's Past
- His birth name is James Gatz and he's from North Dakota
- And he didn't grow up wealthy; he grew up poor.
- He attended St. Olaf's College in Minnesota, but dropped out after two weeks because of having to pay for is tuition by doing janitorial work.
- Dan Cody is introduced, a mentor to Gatsby, whom he had spent 5 years with while working on his yacht.
- Later, Tom and Daisy attend one of Gatsby's parties but, they have a bad time because of arguing about their views of Gatsby.
-At the end of the chapter Nick and Gatsby have a conversation about the party which lead to the question of being able to repeating the past.
-Tom: We learn that Tom is hypocritical when he says that "[he] may be old- fashioned in [his] ideas but women run away too much these days to suit [him]".
-Person vs. Person: One of the main conflicts in this chapter is the argument between Tom and Daisy while at Gatsby's party, we learn Tom's thoughts on Gatsby "Who is this Gatsby anyhow? [he] demanded, Some big bootlegger."(107)
-Person vs. Self: The second main conflict of the chapter are Gatsby's thoughts of trying to recreate the past with his desire to "Go back to Louisville and be married from her house. (109)
-Sympathy: One of the chapters two tones is sympathy. The tone of sympathy s used during the first half of the chapter while describing Gatsby's past.

-Criticism: The other tone used during the second half of the chapter is criticism used by Nick towards the way Tom was speaking and acting at Gatsby's party.

The majority of Chapter 6 takes place in New York during the 1920's in Gatsby's mansion in West Egg.
Connection to Modern Society
-The atmosphere of this chapter is tense. With Tom and Daisy's argument at Gatsby's party along with Nick and Gatsby's discussion on the past, this tense atmosphere is caused by the different characters opinions.
The American Dream in the 1920s and in modern day.
Connection to Modern Society
The American Dream back in the 1920s was overall about living a happy and wealthy life as well as living life to its best.

The American Dream today, is about people who would do anything to be able to get fame and money, this is considered living the dream . It is a lot easier today with the internet and YouTube with many people making money and getting internet fame from it.





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