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1 Chapter 1 Warm-Up Questions
Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope and dream. Why does he do this? Nick starts the novel by relaying his father’s advice “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” List Nick’s advantages. Does he reserve judgment in the novel?

2 Nick Carraway Narrator
From prominent well-to-do family from the Mid-West Educated (New Haven, 1915) Participated in WWI In the bond business Lives in West Egg Second cousin to Daisy Humorous Insightful, analyzes others and surroundings

3 Tom Buchanan Daisy’s husband National figure- college football
Now living anticlimactic life Restless, moving frequently Living in East Egg, old money 30 years old supercilious manner arrogant eyes aggressive cruel body racist, scared of changing his “perfect” world affair (woman in New York)

4 Daisy Buchanan Nick’s second cousin Charismatic Enticing voice
Power in her beauty and presence Bright eyes Has a three-year-old daughter, wishes her to be a beautiful little fool Recognizes the danger in knowledge Uneasy at first mention of Gatsby Living a somewhat pointless existence (page 12, longest day of the year) Follows Tom’s ignorance and power Romantic affection upon her glowing face Quickly breaks illusion, becomes cynical Sad family life Living a dream on the surface, the American Dream

5 Jordan Baker Nick enjoys her appearance
Wan, charming, discontented face Gossip Sporting life, independent woman of her time Nick was familiar with her and thought he had heard an unpleasant story Knows Gatsby

6 Setting East Egg West Egg Highly wealthy and exclusive
Live life casually without much stress or purpose Tom, Daisy Elite, white, upperclass Symbolizes corruption Excessive materialism West Egg less fashionable continually disappointed anticipation, nervous dread Nick and Jay Gatsby New money, self-made Symbolizes idealism and romanticism

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