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"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
Nick Carroway's father told him this before the story takes place. This statement accurately depicts how Gatsby had to work his way up from nothing into the position that he was at the start of the novel. Carroway originally perceives him as a rich man that always was that way.
No-Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of all his dreams the temporarily closed out my interests in the abortive sprrpws and short-winded elations of men.
In this statement, Carroway states how Gatsby proved to be a good guy. He is also stating that he can not understand how a man of his goodness could wish for something bad as Daisy later turns out to be.
A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up towards the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and the rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does sea."
This passage provides imagery of the scene it describes. It thoroughly describes how the breze effected the objects in the room.
As for Tom, the fact that he had "some woman in New York" was really less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.
This remark by the narrator Nick Carroway shows how he always believed that Tom Buchanans was never a person of loyalty to his wife. It also contains a simile as he decribes Tom's ego change as "biting on the edge of stale ideas".
Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of the dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unique darkness.
This passage is a foreshdowing of Gatsby trying to get Daisy and failing at the end of the novel. It also foreshadows how he "vanishes" after Daisy leaves and gets killed.
This is the 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 and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimely and already crumbling through the powdery air.
This passage provides imagery as to what the valley of ashes looks like. It also has a simile as it compares ash growth to wheat growth in ugly gardens.
All I kept thinking about, over and over was "You can't live forever; you can't live forever."
This quote by Myrtle explains why she had an affair with Tom. She made a mistake marrying Wilson and she chose to have an affair because she "couldn't live forever" and marry another person in the condition that she was at the time she said this.
The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of coctails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and wnthusiastic meetings between women who never even knew each other's names.
This statement provides imagery to Gatsby's party that Nick Carroway is attending. It provides the reader an image to the reader of music playing loudly while people are talking and laughing with each other.
He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, mutteering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse.
This statement is a forshadowment of Gatsby's future. If the brick/book was removed as Daisy was removed from Gatsby then the library could collapse as Gatsby later died after loosing Daisy.
A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitment: "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired."
Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about beeing peasantry.
This statement expresses how Americans always want to have more money than they have. When the original owner of Gatsby's mansion died, his sons sold the mansion while they were still in mourning.
"They're such beautiful shirts," she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. "It makes me sad because I've never seen such--such beautiful shirts before."
This statement expresses the greed of Daisy. It shows how she values shirts at such a high level.
Possibly it had occured to [Gatsby] that the colossal significance of that [green] light had now vanished forever.
This statement by Carroway states how the significance of the green light is now gone from Gatsby as Daisy now knows about it.
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
This statement expresses Gatsby's love towards Daisy and how 5 years of separation was not strong enough to break it.
Perhaps some unbelieveable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marveled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of wavering devotion.
At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
This statement shows the Daisy once loved Gatsby. There is a simile comparison as the act of blossoming is described like a flower. It is his incarnation as this is the beginning of Gatsby's obsession.
"Bles-sed pre-cious," she crooned, holding out her arms. "Come to your own mother that loves you."
Daisy's love for her own child is not as accurate as she tries to make herself appear.
What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?" cried Daisy, "and the day after that and the next thirty years?" "Don't be morbid," Jordan said. Life starts all over the again when it gets crisp in the fall."
Jordan tries to insult Daisy by saying that she will always find another guy who she can cowardly turn to every "fall" to her. It implies that she is bored with her life.
"Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly.
The phrase can be seen as Gatsby's imagery of Daisy knowing how to live life. It can also mean that Daisy is always in love with money, and not the men that she, debatably, is in love with.
Over the ash heaps the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg kept their vigil, but I perceived, after a moment, that other eyes were regarding us with peculiar intensity from less than twenty feet away.
Flushed with impassioned gibberish, [Tom] saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.
Nick states that Tom's world is falling apart in this passage. Myrtle is a lost love to him now and he is loosing Daisy, all of this happening within an hour and a half.
"Oh, you want to much!" she cried to Gatsby. I love you know--isn't that enough? I can't help what's past."
This statement is Daisy's admission that she never always loved Gatsby. It shows that her love wavers from man to man.
So we drove on towards death through the cooling twilight.
This statement is a foreshadowment of the Tom, Nick, and Jordan arriving to Myrtle's murder scene. It said immediately before they arrive there.
The "death car" as the newspapers described it, didn't stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend.
The "death car" is described as a ghost; parallel to what Gatsby was described as in chapter 1. The statement shows that Daisy is a reckless person. It is also ironic in that she accidently and unknowingly hits the woman who is Tom's witness.
There was an inmistakable air of intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together.
Daisy and Tom are plotting together to leave Long Island to get away after Daisy murdered Myrtle.
So I walked way and left him there in the moonlight--watching over nothing.
This statement shows how Tom does not look at Daisy as anything of greatness after all the events that occured between her and Gatsby's affairs. He regards her as "nothing" now.
However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past, and at any moment the invisible cloak of his uniform might slip from his shoulders.
At this point, Carroway is describing Gatsby's life before he was rich. The invisible cloak that he is refering to is the illusion that he creates for Daisy that he is a rich man. Daisy at some point could find out the truth about Gatsby.
She vanished into her rich house, into her rich, full life leaving Gatsby--nothing. He felt married to her, that was all.
In this statement, Carroway describes Daisy as only caring about riches and not Gatsby. She left Gatsby because he was not rich. Gatsby felt "married to her" because he had sex with her.
It was dawn now on Long Island and we went about opening the rest of the windows downstairs, filling the house with gray-turning, gold-turning light...There was a slow, pleasant movement in the air, scarcely a wind, promising a cool lovely day.
This statement provides imagery of Gatsby's house. It gives the reader a mental image of how the sunlight brightly
"In any case," he said, "it was just personal."
"You know, old sport, I've never used that pool all summer?"
This statement is ironic because Gatsby is now going to try to enjoy something in his house which he usually does not. It is foreshadowing as he gets murdered in the pool later on in the novel.
"They're a rotten croud," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
Standing behind, Michaelis saw with a shoc that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleberg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night. "god sees everything," repeated Wilson.
This statement is Wilson telling Michaelis that no one knows everything. It shows the symbolism of the advertisement. It represents the fact that no one can truely know everything.
Gatsby must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely createde grass.
This statement shows how Gatsby is in a new position as he does not have Daisy anymore. He is completely unused to this.
"...it grew upon me that I was irresponsible, because no one else was interested--interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which every one has some vague right at the end."
In this quote, Carroway expresses that he could have saved Gatsby and he was the only one that could. He blames himself that he was not there to save him.
He had reached an age where death no longer has the quality of ghastly surprise, and when he looked around him now for the first time and saw the height and splendor of the hall and the great rooms opening out from it into the other rooms, his grief began to be mixed with an awed pride.
"When a man gets killed I never like to get mixed up in it in any way. I keep out."
This is Wolfseim expressing how he really isn't Gatsby's true friend. It proves that Nick Carroway was Gatsby's inly true real friend.
"I couldn't get to the house," he remarked. "Neither could anybody else." "Go on!" He started. "Why my god! they used to go there by the hundreds.
...Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Easter life.
"You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn't I?"
They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made...
In this statement, Nick Carroway expresses that Tom and Daisy are people that solely care about money. They hust other people and then retreat into their wealth.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us... So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
This statement implies that Gatsby was never able to move past his obsession with Daisy and how he was pushed by the current into the past.
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