With Jordan in his arms, Nick thinks of a phrase: "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the bush, and the tired."" How do you think this phrase reflects on the events of the novel so far? Do...

With Jordan in his arms, Nick thinks of a phrase: "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the bush, and the tired."

" How do you think this phrase reflects on the events of the novel so far? Do you think Gatsby would agree with the phrase?

I'm only on chapter 4, so please don't go any futher when submitting your answer then chapter 4. thank you!

 

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I think Gatsby would agree with this phrase almost completely, and so far it does reflect early events.

If you look at the people at Gatsby's party, some are there hunting for someone to be with while others are being hunted or pursued. Gatsby stays out of all of it yet he watches, no one tries with him. It's like they know better or know not to try to pursue... like he's untouchable. Still other party goers probably don't even know who he is.

I do not know what the bush would refer to, but I do think there are those that are 'tired.' If you watch Daisy and Tom's relationship it seems they have lost their spark. Gatsby's own life will come to reflect that he is pursuing a person, that person being his pursued. Also, I think Gatsby sees in Daisy a relationship growing stale or tired with her husband and would agree to that.

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I havn't read the book in a while so I am not sure if this answer goes beyond ch. 4. but I would also like to add to the above answer (i really liked the answer). Daisy also grown tired on waiting for Gatsby when Gatsby was at war. 'tis is another example of The ones being tired

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