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The Great Gatsby
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Chapter 1
· 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 unaffected
· 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involved & withdrawn.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

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Chapter 2
· 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 with Myrtle.
· 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 &
faintly handsome.'
· The party scene continues to build up the mystery & excitement around
Gatsby who hasn't made a full appearance yet.…read more

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Chapter 3
· 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

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· 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

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Chapter 5
· 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

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