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In chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, what is ironic about Gatsby's appraisal of Jordan?

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Posted January 15, 2008 at 7:27 AM via web

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In chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, what is ironic about Gatsby's appraisal of Jordan?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 15, 2008 at 7:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby and Nick are out for lunch. Gatsby encourages Nick's involvement with Jordan. It helps his plan along to be with Daisy. In an effort to solidify Nick's attraction, he tries to cast Jordan in a positive light.  He tells Nick that, "Miss Baker's a great sportswoman, you know, and she's never do anything that wasn't all right"(ch. 4) in an effort to build up her image for Nick.

This is an ironic remark because Jordan herself admits to Nick her occasional lack of honesty. Therefore, Nick, is already aware that Jordan does not always stick to the truth and he quickly disregards Gatsby's remark. 

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