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There are contradictions in Nick's point of view. He describes himself
as non judgmental, yet he views himself as having a better sense of
moral than most others. ` Just remember all the people in the
world haven't had the advantages you've had.'
Nick admires Gatsby even though he represents everything Nick hates
about NYC. `He represented everything for which I have an
Nick likes structure & order (episodic chapters) . As a narrator he is
both involved & withdrawn. `As I walked on I was lonely no longer. I
was a guide, a pathfinder'.
Tom & Daisy's marriage is glamorous on the surface to cover up an
inner emptiness. `Daisy & Tom looked at each other for a long
moment, only in silence'.…read more
The sequence of events leading up to Gatsby's part y define & contrast the
different characters. People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go
somewhere & then lost each other, searched for each other.'
Nick's reserved nature shows the fact that though he feels repelled by the
vulgarity of the party, he is too fascinated to leave. ` I tried to show by
my expression that I expected no affection.'
The party underscored Tom's hypocrisy,, he feels no guilt for betraying Daisy
George Wilson is a stark contrast to Tom, he is a handsome man who lacks
money, privilege & vitality. `He was a blond, spiritless man, anemic &
The party scene continues to build up the mystery & excitement around
Gatsby who hasn't made a full appearance yet.…read more
Gatsby's party highlights 1920's wealth & glamour. `Among the
whispering, the champagne & the stars.'
Nick has 2 interpretations of Gatsby but its unclear which is true. He
thinks Gatsby is genuine & has a real interest in people, he's a real
man. `It was one of those rare smiles that you may come across 4
or 5 times in your entire life.'
Nick's narration suggests that East & West egg cover up their moral
decay, but Gatsby seems to mask something else. `I'd got a strong
impression that he was picking his words with care.'
Chapter 3 highlights the gap between perception & reality.
Nick's description of his life in NYC calls attention to the difference
between substance & appearance. `I am one of the few honest
people that I have ever known.'…read more
Chapter 4 illuminates the object of Gatsby's hope, the green light
he reaches towards is daisy.
Gatsby's longing to achieve his dream, the pursuit for money &
material success & the sense of having created a new identity.
Nick leaves the interpretation of the green light & what it
symbolizes to the reader, it can be interpreted in many ways.
The epigraph is a summary of the chapter as such, it foretells the
relationship between Gatsby & Daisy.
` Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; if you can bounce
high, bounce for her too, till she cry `Lover, gold hatted, high
bouncing lover, I must have you!'…read more
The novel starts to explore the ideas of love, excess & the American
dream. It becomes clear to the reader that Gatsby is stuck in time.
`I think I entered a deep sleep as I entered the front door.'
Gatsby knocks over a clock which highlights his clumsiness of his
attempt to stop time & relive the past. `His head leaned back so far
that it rested against the face of a defunct clock.'
The meeting challenges the level of Nicks tolerance. His actions are
justified as he feels the love that Daisy & Gatsby share is absent
from Daisy & Tom's relationship.
Nick's narrative suggests there is something not right about the
extravagance of Gatsby's house. `But in the new silence, I felt that
the silence had fallen on the house too.'…read more