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1 The Great Gatsby Chapter 1

2 Question #1 How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the book? How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the book? He says he is one of the few honest people around – judicious – not judgmental – tolerant– both an insider and an outsider He says he is one of the few honest people around – judicious – not judgmental – tolerant– both an insider and an outsider

3 Question #2 Who is Jordan Baker? Who is Jordan Baker? She is a friend of Daisy’s. She is a friend of Daisy’s. What does Nick find appealing about her? What does Nick find appealing about her? She is aloof and self-sufficient. She is aloof and self-sufficient.

4 Question #3 Describe the ambiguity in Nick’s initial descriptions of Gatsby. Describe the ambiguity in Nick’s initial descriptions of Gatsby. Gatsby represents everything for which Nick had an unaffected scorn --- there was something gorgeous about him. Gatsby represents everything for which Nick had an unaffected scorn --- there was something gorgeous about him.

5 Question #4 Describe Daisy’s state of mind during the dinner party? Describe Daisy’s state of mind during the dinner party? Daisy seems flighty and upset. Daisy seems flighty and upset. What does she say and do that helps her reveal her inner conflict? What does she say and do that helps her reveal her inner conflict? She tells Nick that she has become cynical and much too sophisticated. She implies she is unsatisfied with her marriage. She tells Nick that she has become cynical and much too sophisticated. She implies she is unsatisfied with her marriage.

6 Question #5 Nick thinks that, given the state of their marriage, Daisy should leave Tom, but it is clear to him that she has no intention of doing so. What indication is there that Tom and Daisy are closely linked despite their marital difficulties? Nick thinks that, given the state of their marriage, Daisy should leave Tom, but it is clear to him that she has no intention of doing so. What indication is there that Tom and Daisy are closely linked despite their marital difficulties? The most significant link is Daisy’s mention of “the rather distinguished society to which she and Tom belonged.” The most significant link is Daisy’s mention of “the rather distinguished society to which she and Tom belonged.”

7 Point of View What does Fitzgerald achieve by using Nick’s point of view to tell Gatsby’s story? What does Fitzgerald achieve by using Nick’s point of view to tell Gatsby’s story? Nick is not purely an observer – he participates in the action – he is not the central figure. This viewpoint allows him not only to tell the story but also to interpret and make comments on the characters, themes, and actions. Nick is not purely an observer – he participates in the action – he is not the central figure. This viewpoint allows him not only to tell the story but also to interpret and make comments on the characters, themes, and actions.

8 Tom 30 years old 30 years old Yale graduate Yale graduate Sturdy Sturdy Straw hair Straw hair Arrogant eyes Arrogant eyes Hard mouth Hard mouth Supercilious manner Supercilious manner Muscular cruel body Muscular cruel body Husky voice Husky voice Enormously wealthy family Enormously wealthy family Owns string of polo ponies Owns string of polo ponies Played football at Yale Played football at Yale Has a “woman in N.Y.” Has a “woman in N.Y.” Worried by a book he has read Worried by a book he has read

9 Daisy Murmurs to make people lean toward her Murmurs to make people lean toward her Low, thrilling voice Low, thrilling voice Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be heard again Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be heard again Sad, lovely face Sad, lovely face Bright eyes Bright eyes Bright, passionate mouth Bright, passionate mouth Black and blue finger she blames on Tom Black and blue finger she blames on Tom Loses interest quickly Loses interest quickly Impersonal eyes devoid of all desire Impersonal eyes devoid of all desire

10 Jordan Exhibited self- sufficiency Exhibited self- sufficiency Slender, small-breasted girl Slender, small-breasted girl Erect carriage as if leaning backwards Erect carriage as if leaning backwards Gray, sun-strained eyes Gray, sun-strained eyes Wan, charming, discontented face Wan, charming, discontented face Autumn-leaf yellow hair Autumn-leaf yellow hair Eavesdrops on Daisy and Tom’s conversation Eavesdrops on Daisy and Tom’s conversation Golfer --- plays in tournaments Golfer --- plays in tournaments Impersonal eyes devoid of all desire Impersonal eyes devoid of all desire

11 Nick Graduated from Yale Graduated from Yale Came from a prominent mid-western family --- wholesale hardware Came from a prominent mid-western family --- wholesale hardware Served in WWI Served in WWI Rather literary in college Rather literary in college Came East to learn the bond business Came East to learn the bond business Inclined to reserve judgment Inclined to reserve judgment People like to confide in Nick People like to confide in Nick His tolerance does have a limit His tolerance does have a limit

12 Setting East Egg East Egg Glittered with white palaces Glittered with white palaces West Egg West Egg Less fashionable Less fashionable A run-down cottage like Nick’s could be next door to a mansion like Gatsby’s. A run-down cottage like Nick’s could be next door to a mansion like Gatsby’s.

13 Nick’s house Weather-beaten, cardboard bungalow Weather-beaten, cardboard bungalow An eyesore An eyesore

14 Buchanan’s House Red and white Georgian cathedral Red and white Georgian cathedral Overlooking the bay Overlooking the bay Lawn stretched ¼ mile from the beach Lawn stretched ¼ mile from the beach Sun dials, brick walks, gardens Sun dials, brick walks, gardens Bright vines on the house Bright vines on the house French windows at the front reflected gold French windows at the front reflected gold

15 Gatsby’s House Imitation of a hotel in Normandy Imitation of a hotel in Normandy Tower on one side with a thin beard of raw ivy Tower on one side with a thin beard of raw ivy Marble swimming pool Marble swimming pool 40 acres of lawn and garden 40 acres of lawn and garden A colossal affair by any standard A colossal affair by any standard

16 Nick’s Confusion When Nick leaves the Buchanans’ house, he is “confused and a little disgusted.” Why? When Nick leaves the Buchanans’ house, he is “confused and a little disgusted.” Why? The obvious tension between Tom and Daisy The obvious tension between Tom and Daisy Daisy’s bruised finger Daisy’s bruised finger The phone call The phone call Nick’s values are not those of Tom and Daisy. He has the grace to be offended by their relationship. Nick’s values are not those of Tom and Daisy. He has the grace to be offended by their relationship.


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