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In chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby, what does young James' schedule reveal about himself?

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cdtr1234 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM via web

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In chapter 9 of The Great Gatsby, what does young James' schedule reveal about himself?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM (Answer #1)

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James Gatz' schedule as a young boy reveals several things to the reader. First, it reveals that he had an 8 hour a day credible job. This is something we don't see in the book. Second, it reveals that before and after work, he made the effort to improve himself mentally and physically. Finally, it demonstrated he had resolves which meant improving himself morally. He specifically chose not to smoke or chew. He wanted to improve his treatment of his parents. He wanted to have good hygiene and save his money.

These resolves certainly display the man we see on the outside when we meet Jay Gatsby, but the man on the inside must be different.

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