The Great Gatsby Quotes

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“Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn… there was something gorgeous about him… it was an extraordinary gift for hope”
Nick at start of novel is scornful of focus on money and criminality but admires drive and passion
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“I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything”
Contrast to Gatsby - no drive, passion or goal. She is in early twenties with no hope for the future.
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“Shiftless and unsuccessful farm people”
didn’t accept his parents as his own as he felt they were unworthy and didn’t want to live their lifestyle – ambitious from young age, left at 17 and created persona of “Jay Gatsby”
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“So he invented the sort of Jay Gatsby that a 17-year old would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the very end”
never gave up on dream, faithful to himself as person but just changed image.
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“’Jay Gatsby’ had broken like glass”, “The whole caravansary had fallen in like a house of cards”
This whole persona is based upon a lie and is therefore fragile
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“less fashionable of the two”
In ostentatious mansion to attract daisy and express his defeat of humble beginnings
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EGG
ironic as ‘eggs’ have connotations of new life whereas these express age old bindings of class discrimination. They are physically identical to highlight dissimilarities in their inhabitants.
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“A new well-being radiated from him”
Daisy and Gatsby reunited after five years in chapter five. This is what Gatsby’s life over past 5 years has been building towards. Nick describes him as though it has brought him a new lease of life – before merely existing, now living
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7. “He hadn’t once ceased looking at daisy and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well loved eyes”
Everything has been for her, the idea of winning her over with possessions rather than his personality and traits makes the relationship appear as flawed to the reader.
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“its stopped raining”
Pathetic fallacy, weather used throughout novel to create atmosphere – stopping rainingat beginning of reunion shows how there was an air of hope for relationship but the rain returns later on to show that the relationship was flawed.
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“She never loved you do you hear? ... In her heart she never loved anyone except me”
In chapter at Buchanan’s Tom realises the affair Gatsby proclaims that Daisy only loves herGatsby asks daisy to back him up daisy says she cant and Tom realises she will never leave him so lets them drive back together.
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Death of Myrtle
Gatsby takes full blame which shows strength of his love – he gives his life for hers
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“he must have looked up an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he discovered what a grotesque thing that a rose really is”
Throughout novel symbolism is used to show Gatsby’s distorted perception of reality after dreams have shattered.earlier in novel roses are used to symbolize femininity and beauty this shows how Gatsby now sees everything for what it is – his vision i
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"Why my god! They used go there by the hundreds”
Only three people turn up to Gatsby’s funeral – hundreds came to his parties - no one cares of Gatsby as a person – just of what he represented and had to offer – him as a patron or a host. No need to pay their respects to him in his death
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“when daisy had tumbled short of his dreams”
Idealistic love - unhealthy image of perfection that Daisy cannot live up to
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Contrast to Gatsby - no drive, passion or goal. She is in early twenties with no hope for the future.

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“I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything”

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didn’t accept his parents as his own as he felt they were unworthy and didn’t want to live their lifestyle – ambitious from young age, left at 17 and created persona of “Jay Gatsby”

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never gave up on dream, faithful to himself as person but just changed image.

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Card 5

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This whole persona is based upon a lie and is therefore fragile

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