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Posted April 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM via web

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  1. In The Great Gatsby, how is Jay Gatz’s childhood schedule consistent with the adult Gatsby’s behavior?


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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM (Answer #1)

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The schedule that Gatbsy in his youth wrote and which is shown to Nick Carraway in Chapter Nine by Gatsby's father is symbolic of Gatbsy's resolve and determination to succeed in what he sets his mind to. The clear timetable that Gatbsy constructed shows the intense desire and determination he possessed to better himself, and his "General Resolves," which include such items as "Be better to parents," indicate that he is always trying to improve his character. We can see in these notes an impression of the kind of youth that the younger Gatsby must have been: eager, hardworking and impressionable. However, the older Gatsby still retains something of that determination and resolve. Even though Gatsby has made his wealth, it is clear from his absence at parties and the way that he is often called away to take a phone call that he is still working just as hard. The way he has obviously taken on various phrases such as "old sport" shows the fruit of his practice of elocution, which was one of his timetabled events. Gatsby in his adult form still remains hardworking and determined, as we see in his single-minded focus on achieving Daisy.

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