2Chapters 1-2 Discussions –I can identify characteristics of the Modern and Contemporary Period.—I can determine how the conflict in Gatsby impacts the characters.—I can analyze characters to determine their roles/functions in Gatsby.—I can identify specific symbols and passages of foreshadowing in Gatsby.The Great GatsbyChapters 1-2 Discussions
3Beginning Quote“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had” (Fitzgerald 1).Why do you think (through Nick’s narration) Fitzgerald stated this at the beginning of the book?Establishes an optimism in NickShows his compassion, tolerance, and reliabilitySomeone we can trust.
4Chapter 1 Characters Nick Carraway – narrator of the story Daisy Buchanan – Nick’s cousinTom Buchanan – Daisy’s husband and fellow Yale graduate of Nick’s
5Chapter One Characters Jordan Baker – friend of Daisy, and eventually, a friend of Nick’sJay Gatsby – Nick’s mysterious next-door neighbor
6Fitzgerald’s Allusion of Wealth (4) Nick’s volume of books on financered and goldnew money from the mint (green)Midas, Morgan, and MaecenasMidas was the legendary king who was granted his wish that everything he touch change to gold. Morgan refers to J. Pierpont Morgan ( ), the famous New York financier. Maecenas was a wealthy Etruscan patron of the Roman poets Horace and Virgil.All three are examples of Fitzgerald's fascination with wealth and the very wealthy.
7Setting – Long Island West Egg East Egg Home of the “New Rich” Old bungalows next to large mansionsThe less fashionable to the two (5)Gatsby (war veteran)Nick (war veteran)Glittering white palacesRed colonialsOld money that is well-groomedPoloWell-bred occupants/fashionable (5)Buchanans (spoiled; family money)Thinks he is well-readValley of Ashes
8Color as a Symbol Red and gold White Green Black Houses at the fashionable East Egg (Georgian colonials)Rosy colored porches (11)Crimson room (17-foreshadowing to future bloodshed)Described in golden lightYellow hair (17)Red gas pumps (20)WhiteHouses at the fashionable East Egg (5)White gleaming windows (8)Ladies wearing white dresses (8)Daisy’s name suggests whiteNordic race (Tom’GreenIvy on the colossal affair (Gatsby’s house)Fresh grass (8)Black“You did it, Tom” (12)The Rise of the Colored Empires – Goddard (12)Racist book, white-supremacy (Tom)
9Relationships Nick and Daisy Nick and Tom Daisy and Jordan Daisy and TomTom and girlfriend from NYGatsby and ?Remember we haven’t been formally introduced to him yetHow are they connected?What can you foreshadow in this picture?
10Questions on Guided readings Who is the narrator of the story?What is the significance of the white space between paragraph 4 and 5?From what part of the country does Nick originally come?Why has Nick moved to New York?How does Nick come to live next door to Jay Gatsby?Where had Nick known Tom Buchanan before?What is Jordan Backer's relationship to Daisy Buchanan?What does Nick learn from Jordan when Tom is called to the phone?What is the "secret society?"What does Nick see Gatsby doing at the end of the chapter?
11Chapter 2 Characters Tom Nick Billboard that hoversCharactersTomNickDr. T. J. Eckleburg – oculist (optometrist, or ophthalmologist)George Wilson – owner of an automobile repair shop, provider of gas, and husband of Myrtle (faintly handsome)Myrtle – George’s wife and Tom’s mistress; mid 30s, faintly stoutCatherine – Myrtle’s sister (slender), worldly girl, 30s, sticky bob of red hair, Nick’s companion at Myrtle’s requestMr. and Mrs. McKee – a couple who live in the hotel where Tom, Myrtle, and Nick go to a party (hate each other)
12Setting Chapter 1 – East Egg (old $) and West Egg (new $) Chapter 2 – Valley of Ashes (worst) and New YorkWilson’s GarageMorningside Heights Apartments (Love Shack)Discuss the contrastsGreen (chapter 1) with the grayness of the valleyGreen (envy, go, chasing dreams)Gold (money, power, secrets)Fitzgerald’s attempt to establish the rich and the poor
13Steamy Affair Relationships How is Myrtle always able to get away? “I want to see you…get on the train.”“All right!”“I’ll meet you by the news-stand…”RelationshipsGeorge and TomMyrtle and TomCatherine and NickMrs. McKee and MyrtleMr. McKee and NickHow is Myrtle always able to get away?How does Tom feel about George?“He’s so dumb he doesn’t know he is alive” (26).What is ironic about what Myrtle bought at the news-stand?She bought a copy of the Town Tattle .Do you wonder if she was going to find her name and/or picture in it?
14Big Party Double Lives Terrible lies Materialism evidentTransformation of Myrtle with every change of clothesLavish party with the introduction of Catherine and Mr. and Mrs. McKeeSmall talk; McKee is looking to get into photographing the rich and famousWhat do we learn about Gatsby (32)?Subject of gossipNot been introduced yet…Fitzgerald forges a sense of excitement hereDiscuss Tom hitting Mrs. Wilson
15Questions for Guided Reading 1. What is the Valley of Ashes literally?2. Who or what is Dr. T. J. Eckleburg?3. What is George Wilson's occupation?4. What items does Myrtle purchase in the city?5. What is significant about Myrtle's questioning whether the dog is a boy or girl?6. Who is Catherine?7. What effect does the change of dress have on Myrtle?8. How does Myrtle talk about the help at the hotel?9. What rumor had Catherine heard about Gatsby?10. How does Catherine explain to Nick the affair of Myrtle and Tom?
16Homework Read Chapters 3-4 Due Friday: Guided Reading for 3-4Vocabulary Readers’ Theatre 1-4Start looking at your Learning Menu itemsPick one appetizerPick one dessertPick one beverageI will serve you the main courses!Questions during tutoring time or meOne Vocabulary Readers’ Theater presentation