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F. Scott Fitzgerald "The Great Gatsby"
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"Just because I'm stronger and more of a man than you are" (Fitzgerald 7).
Tom is an example of a static character because of the narrow-minded and rather agressive remarks he makes towards people throughout the novel. With this quote, Tom is expressing an ideal of power that he has over Nick. In the novel, his opinion of his position over people never changes. Tom acts as though he has power over both Gatsby and Nick; however with the way he treats Daisy, it's obvious that he has power over her becuase she allows him to control her.
"It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again" (Fitzgerald 9).
Daisy is an example of a static character because of her careless and selfish lifestyle. Her voice was the kind of voice that would drive a man to complete immobilization by the power of beauty and essence. She's a static character because she uses her beauty and charm to get what she wants with no regards to the people it affects; she has a tendency to use this wit of hers on Nick and Gatsby constantly throughout the novel.
""Civilization's going to pieces," broke out Tom violently" (Fitzgerald 12).
Just another one of Tom's aggressive remarks about New York and the world because of the society he lives in. Tom is rather aggressive about comments made about society in the novel. He is a snappish and impatient character throughout the novel.
"It's up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things" (Fitzgerald 13).
Another one of Tom's remarks. The idea of Tom's is that his ethnicity is the supremacy of all races, white supremacy is the ultimate ethnicity and he believes that they should protect that idea against all others of different skin colors and tones. Tom remains with his thoughts on race, we never meet anyone of a different race that Tom respects or treats with a sense that this character has dignity. Tom treats all others and their races as a lesser people.
"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" (Fitzgerald 17).
An example of how Daisy's opinion on life and she keeps this opinion throughout the novel, especially at Gatsby's death. She hopes her daughter grows up and is blind to the ugliness and horror in the world. Daisy never changes this opinion of hers and she never wants her daughter to have a chance at life and to learn what the world has to offer. But instead, she wants her daughter to only know the basics of being a rich wife with money and a husband and that she'll never have to lift a single finger to work in the real world. Daisy doesn't trust the world and society. She stays rather coupped up in her own little world with her money and beauty throughout the novel. Daisy plays the fool in her own life, when Gatsby is killed, she doen't attend his funeral, but instead, runs away with Tom and her daughter and plays the "fool" card.
"But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them" (Fitzgerald 164).
One of Daisy's strongest supporters that she stays the same throughout the novel. When Gatsby's funeral is being sent into place, Nick tries to get Daisy to attend as of, her and Gatsby were lovers. However, she had ran away with Tom forever, not even reaching out to Nick to apologize or show her sympathy for the man she truly loved or for her cousin who cared for her and protected her. Daisy is a "beautiful fool" herself and she plays this wild card as a means to escape reality and the horrors of life. This reflects on the how Daisy and Tom are "careless people."
"The (God) damned coward!" he whimpered. "He didn't even stop his car" (Fitzgerald 141).
This is one of Tom's more sympathetic quotes. He's upset that Gatsby hit and killed Myrtle, yet there is no evidence in the novel that he said his goodbyes or paid his respects to Myrtle, considering she was his mistress. Tom remains a static character because he never cares for the person who is hurt, he only cares of protecting himself and Daisy.
"And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock" (Fitzgerald 180).
Nick is a dynamic character in the novel because his opinions on those like Daisy, Tom, Jordan, and Gatsby change entirely from good to bad. Nick admits that he doesn't understand the world and that it is mysterious and unknown, "on the old, unknown world" (Fitzgerald 180). Nick believes in Gatsby and wonders about Gatsby's fascination with the green light at the end of the dock, reaching out further and further each time yet never grabbing it.
"As though [he] cared" (Fitzgerald 101)!
Nick is explaining how when Gatsby was trying to be polite to Tom and his friends that it really didn't matter to Tom or his friends. He remains this way throughout the entire novel with the idea of not really caring about anyone else
"Your wife doesn't love you," said Gatsby. "She's never loved you. She loves me" (Fitzgerald 130).
Gatsby is dynamic character because he changes and evolves with the novel. He always loved Daisy, yet he could never work up the courage to reach out to her again and now he is confronting her husband Tom Buchanan, "She's never loved you. She loves me" (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby has evolved so much from the first page of the novel to now because once he met Nick he discovered this hidden courage inside of him and reached back out into the past, however one cannot repeat or change the past.
"Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known" (Fitzgerald 59).
Nick's description of himself is constantly changing, he believes that he is the most honest person he knows on West and East Egg. The thing is however, Nick constantly changes his point of view on the two places and the people who live in these Eggs. Nick believes that he is one the most honest people, Gatsby is like Nick, they are both honest when it comes to the truth and will protect others over themselves.
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can" (Fitzgerald 110)!
Gatsby embodies a dynamic character because he believes that one can repeat the past and redo what they've messed up before, however Gatsby starts to understand that he cannot repeat the past. Gatsby starts to learn this when he is at the Buchanan's house and he meets Tom and Daisy's daughter, who is a little girl that is with her nanny. Gatsby never gives up on his dream of being with Daisy, however he learns that he cannot simply repeat the past, but make a new and better future for himself and for Daisy.
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