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The Great Gatsby6.7.8
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When does James Gatz change his name?
Gatsby was out warning the rich folk to get their boats off the lake because a storm was coming in... and when asked his name he said it was Gatsby. He wanted to sound like one of the crowd or possibly disassociate himself from his poor family.
What is Daisy's real response to the party, according to Nick?
Nick said Daisy was "offended" by party,"because it wasn't a gesture but an emotion
What does Gatsby tell Nick he wants Daisy to do?
He tells Nick he wants Daisy to leave Tom.
Plato held that reality was an imperfect reflection of an ideal, permanent realm.
With this in mind, what would you say Nick means when he says that "Jay Gatsby
sprang from his Platonic conception of himself?"
Nick believed that Gatsby modeled himself on an idealized version of who Jay Gatsby really was.
How is the comparison of Gatsby with Christ ("he was a son of G-d... and he
must be about His Father's Business") ironic? If the comparison with Christ were to
continue through the book, what would happen to Gatsby?
Jesus was always about his Father's busuiness, and his father was always aware of what he was doing...... it was always the right thing. Gatsby, on the other hand, had turned his back on his father, who knew nothing of his actions. Had he continued, he'd be disowned.
Tom, Mr. Sloane, and a young lady visit Gatsby and the lady invites Gatsby to
come to dinner with them. What does Gatsby's response tell us about his social sensitivity? What connection, if any, do you think this scene might have with Gatsby's love of Daisy?
Gatsby is not a good reader of people or their intentions. He doesn't get the hint... several hints, and it shows.
What is Gatsby's view of the past? When Nick says that Gatsby "wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy," what do you think he means?
Gatsby wants evrything he has idealized since he and Daisy last parted. He wants the past to disappear...... no Tom, no money, no nothing....... just the two of them the way he thought it would be.
At the end of the chapter, Nick describes Gatsby kissing Daisy in Louisville five years before. What is Gatsby giving up when he kisses her? Why?
Hes giving up the illusion...... it was a good dream, but the girl he'd been pining for had only existed in a memory.
Why does Gatsby stop giving parties?
Gatsby wants to be alone with Daisy. This is what he has always wanted
When does Tom first realize that Daisy loves Gatsby?
They discuss going into town and Tom notices the passionate gaze Gatsby gives towards his wife. Things really fall apart when Tom receives confirmation of his suspicions.
Why is Myrtle Wilson upset when she sees Tom and Jordan?
While Jordan and Tom stop for gas at the Wilson's gas store, Myrtle mistakes Jordan for Daisy. Myrtle was notoriously jealous of Daisy.
Why does George Wilson lock Myrtle in the bedroom?
Wilson has clued into the fact that his Myrtle is having an fair. This is why he locks her in the room. George plans on letting her out in a few days and leaving with her.
How does Gatsby characterize Daisy's voice? What do you think he means by
Gatsby says that Daisy's voice is full of money because Daisy has always lived a life of privilege, and always will.
Why does Gatsby lose Daisy during the confirmation at the Plaza? Could he
have done anything to win her, do you think? If he could have, why doesn't he?
For all Gatsby's romantic illusions about Daisy, she is pretty superficial. Tom fills Daisy in about how Gatsby got his money through shady crime deals. Daisy seems to lose interest in Gatsby.
Why does Tom insist that Daisy go home with Gatsby? What do you think this tells
us about Tom's character and his relationship with Daisy?
There has just been a huge argument after Gatsby attempts to get Daisy to deny her love for Tom. Daisy backs away and Gatsby is defatted. As to rub both their noses in this humiliation, Tom tells Daisy to return with Gatsby.
What indications are there are the end of the chapter that Tom and Daisy are
going to stay together despite his philandering and her love for Gatsby?
The filthy rich didn't get divorces, they just cheated a lot. Daisy is a very sad character. She is used to the bullying from Tom and expects it in her life. She doesn't know how to handle a loving relationship. Gatsby is also rather desperate for Daisy the illusion. The real Daisy is much to vapid to end up with Gatsby.
At the end of the chapter, Gatsby is standing alone, looking out at Daisy's
house. Where else in the novel does he do this? How is this different?
The scene is reminiscent of the first time Nick had seen Gatsby. Gatsby is staring over the water into the green light,
What does Gatsby tell Nick the night of the accident? Why?
Gatsby, in his misery, tells Nick the story of his first meeting with Daisy. He does so even though it patently gives the lie to his earlier account of his past
Did Gatsby want to go to Oxford?
No, he really wanted to go back to Daisy. He was sent to Oxford by some clerical error, so it seemed.
How does George Wilson spend the night after the accident?
begin with George, "rocked himself back and forth on the couch inside." After a suitable period of emotional meltdown George begins to figure out how he can hunt down the car. George begins to plot revenge
What evidence had Wilson found that his wife was having an affair?
Wilson shows Michael a dog leash (that Tom gave her) he found on their bureau. Wilson makes figures out that something is up because they don't have a dog.
What would you say is the principal reason for Daisy's appeal to Gatsby?
Aside from Daisy being attractive I would say that Gatsby is in love with the idea of Daisy rather than Daisy herself.
How is Nick's attitude toward Gatsby ambivalent even at the moment when he says goodbye to him?
Gatsby is lost in his fantasy. He is lost in the illusion that Daisy will come back to him and they will live a meaningful life.
What do the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg symbolize to George Wilson? What is significant about this symbol?
Many critics suggest that the eyes symbolize God looking over a sinful land
How do you think Wilson got Gatsby's name? Does any evidence in this chapter point to a particular person?
Wilson Gets Gatsby's name from Tom. In Chapter nine, Nick meets up with Tom. Tom says that he told Wilson that the car belonged to Gatsby.Tom claims that if he had not, Wilson would have killed him on the spot.
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