need help with a question n Chapter 5, what emotions do Daisy and Gatsby feel at first?

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When Gatsby and Daisy first meet again at Nick's house, Gatsby is very nervous and Daisy is shocked to see him. Nick remembers that when they first saw each other, both were completely silent for "half a minute." We can imagine their simply looking at each other and taking in what they see after five years. What they were feeling at that specific moment is also left to our imagination. Gatsby is so nervous he almost knocks the clock off the fireplace mantle. Moving beyond shock, Daisy is nervous and speaks with an "artificial note" in her voice. Nick thinks they were both embarrassed. They both remain tense as they have tea with Nick. What happens after Nick leaves, we don't know, but when he returns, Gatsby and Daisy both seem filled with joy.

jbrady177 | Student

In chapter 1, Fitzgerald often uses the word hope or dream. Why does he do this?

A central theme of the novel is the irretrievable and inevitable corruption of the original American Dream by materialism and greed. Read the closing paragraphs about the Dutch sailors who "for a transitory and enchanted moment" were filled with hope for the possibilities of equality, freedom, and happiness presented by the "fresh green breast of the new world." Thus Fitzgerald by using the words "dream" and "hope" is introducing a central theme and the basis for an allegorical meaning of the novel.

teedlebeedle | Student

In chapter 1, Fitzgerald often uses the word hope or dream. Why does he do this?

wilsonjaboo | Student

I am working on a research paper and i need a thsis that has to do with how the social classes of the 1920s' effect the lives and decisions of the characters in the novel! So far I have All of the superficial relationships that develop throughout the novel are bassed on the amount of money one possesses. help me if you can1

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