The Great Gatsby Chapter 6

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Chapter Six
Nick explains that Gatsby is actually James Gatz from North Dakota who left home at a young
age to seek his fortune. Gatsby changed his name at seventeen when he met Dan Cody, a
self-made millionaire.
Tom is invited to one of Gatsby's parties and arrives with Daisy. Daisy is offended by West
Egg and the debauchery of the party, while Tom gets the names and addresses of pretty
Gatsby wants Daisy to say that she never loved Tom so they can "wipe out" her marriage and
start again.
The chapter begins with an inquisitive reporter turning up on Gatsby's doorstep who hopes
that there must be some truth in the rumours that will make a good story.
The rumours have made Gatsby "just short of being news" and expanded Gatsby's identity
beyond what he could actually be.
Directly after this, Nick reveals information found out "very much later" about Gatsby's real
history. This contrast encourages the reader to draw comparisons between the man and the
myth. Nick has rearranges the order of events to help the reader understand who Gatsby
was and who he might be now.
Fitzgerald establishes Gatsby as a timeless hero ­ he's described as a "son of God" and some
critics have seen him as a Christ-like figure.
Dan Cody, a self-made millionaire, was young Gatsby's example of the American Dream.
However, Cody had questionable morals ­ he "brought back... the savage violence of the
frontier brothel and saloon". Gatsby followed Cody's example, achieving his wealth through
immoral means ­ Cody epitomises the American Dream and has given Gatsby the taste of
Gatsby's pursuit of the American Dream has become a pursuit of wealth ­ his dreams of
being a great man were corrupted.
When Gatsby met Daisy, his dream of wealth and status was replaced by a dream of being
with her. For the older Gatsby she represents the American Dream and everything he hopes
to achieve.
It's significant that Cody's death was apparently caused by the treachery of the woman he
loved ­ this foreshadows Daisy's treachery and Gatsby's death.
Gatsby has transformed himself from a humble Midwestern boy to an East Coast celebrity.
He has also transformed Daisy Fay from a Southern girl to an ideal of radiant life and beauty.
Some think "the Great Gatsby" is similar to an accomplished musician, a showman who
practises an art of illusion and uses such names to advertise performances.
There is an ambivalence in Fitzgerald's attitude towards imagination; it can be seen to work
magic and make ordinary life more enchanted or it can be seen to generate illusions that
keep harsh realities out of focus and help perpetuate injustices.
Use of colour - Nick uses more muted colours for the party than previously. The producer has a `sort
of blue nose'; the `ghostly' celebrity is `a scarcely human orchid of a woman' and she sits under a
`white plum tree'. The morning is soft black and `sometimes a shadow moved against a dressing
room blind above, gave way to another shadow, an indefinite procession of shadows'. Even the

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beach is black .Nick thinks that the unpleasantness he feels may be either because he has grown used
to the glamour of because he is looking through Daisy's eyes, but it could be because he identifies
with Gatsby's humiliation and resents how he is being used by his guests.
Gatsby's interactions with Tom, Mr Sloane and an unnamed lady indicate that despite his
wealth he's not welcome in their society.…read more

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position to the moribund East Egg. Daisy may not approve of the people of West Egg but she says
`At least they are more interesting than the people we know'.
As Tom and Daisy go, she looks up at the lighted top of the steps and Nick thinks she looks reluctant
to leave, fearing that Gatsby might fall in love with an `authentically radiant young girl', showing that
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physical senses, and insists upon the ultimate reality of an ideal world. Antidemocratic and opposed
to materialism, such a Platonic conception seems to be fundamentally out of step with modern
American priorities. Fitzgerald recognised, however, that despite rampant materialist values,
twentieth century Americans often clung to an ideal sense of their own national and personal
destinies. This ideal sense is embodies in Jay Gatsby , caught up in property and money yet driven by
desire for something beyond physical possessions.…read more


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