The Story so far… Nick arrives in New York. Chapter 1 Nick first hears about Gatsby. Nick visits Tom and Daisy. Meets Jordan Baker. Nick goes to a party with Tom and his mistress Myrtle Wilson Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Nick is invited to and attends Gatsby’s party. Nick finds out Tom has a mistress. Nick hears more rumors about who Gatsby is. Nick meets Gatsby and, even after attending more parties, still knows nothing about him.
Jay Gatsby Nick’s neighbor Lives in West Egg ?? Served in the army??? Rich ?? Assassin / German Spy??? ?? Killed a man / Kills for fun??? ?? Attended Oxford University???
Gatsby’s Confession “Look here, old sport…What’s your opinion of me, anyhow?”
Jay Gatsby Educated in Oxford. The son of wealthy people in the Mid West (San Francisco). Lived like a young Rajah (prince) – Paris, Venice, Rome Collected jewels - rubies Hunted big game War hero
Describing Meyer Wolfshiem “He’s the man who fixed the World’s Series back in 1919.” Gangster Gambler Dishonest Dangerous Criminal Smart Connected Smooth Opportunist
Interesting quotes - Jay Gatsby “I didn’t want you to think I was just some nobody” “I was able to do the commissioner a favor once…” “Anything can happen now that we’ve slid over this bridge…Even Gatsby could happen.” “I happened to find out that you’re taking Miss Baker to tea.” “He would never so much as look at a friend’s wife.”
“Then it was all true.” “Daisy’ furious because you haven’t called up.” Interesting quotes – Nick Carraway “I had the wrong man.” “I was sure the request would be something utterly fantastic, and for a moment I was sorry I’d ever set foot on his over populated lawn.” “I was glad that the sight of Gatsby’s splendid car was included in their sombre holiday.” “The modesty of the demand shook me.”
“He looked at her in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at.” “…because it seemed so romantic… I have remembered the incident ever since.” “In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before.” “…he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($350,000).” “Tell them all Daisy’s changed her mind.” “…I thought I’d never seen a girl so mad about her husband.” “A week later Tom crashed his car. The girl with him was the chambermaid at the Santa Barbara Hotel.” “He bought that house to be near her.”
Thoughts If you were Nick, would you help Gatsby?” Does Gatsby really like Nick or is he just using him? Why do you think Gatsby makes up such an elaborate story about his past? If you were Nick would you believe him?