The Failure of Love

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  • The Failure of Love
    • Romantic Cliche
      • D and G's relationship is told in flashbacks- confined to the past
      • Daisy is Jordan's tragic heroine, the young debutante: 'the officer looked at Daisy ... in a way that every young girl wants', 'of all the older girls I admired her most'
      • 'One autumn night'
      • 'One October day in nineteen-seventeen
    • Motif of Bad Marriages
      • 'Most of the remaining women were now having fights with men said to be their husbands'
      • 'Neither of them can stand the person they're married to'
    • Romantic Anticlimax
      • Gatsby is vulgar in his dress: wears 'a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold coloured tie'
      • 'Broiling' day (on the day of the Plaza scene)
      • Gatsby offers Nick a job, 'a rather confidential sort of thing'
      • In Gatsby's house 'a maid ... spat meditatively into the garden'
      • Klipspringer: 'a dishevelled man in pajamas was doing liver exercises on the floor'
      • Comic 'you're acting like a little boy'
      • 'Pouring rain'
      • Daisy 'sobbed' into the shirts
    • Clock
      • 'The clock tilt[ed] dangerously ... he turned and caught it with trembling fingers'
    • Gatsby as an anachronism
      • Rejected by modern society
      • Courtly lover: sat down 'miserably', 'sleeplessness beneath his eyes', not thrown by rejection
    • Class
      • 'I'll take you in this circus wagon'
      • 'I don't know a soul here'
      • 'Doesn't he know she doesn't want him?'
      • 'Crazy fish'
    • Ae fond kiss, At an Inn


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