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Gatsby’s lavish parties in The Great Gatsby are one of the most memorable aspects of the novel. The narrator and Gatsby’s neighbor, Nick, first sees them from a distance. Besides actually seeing...

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When she expresses the hope that her daughter will be "a beautiful little fool," Daisy Buchanan is flattering herself and self-dramatizing at the same time. Her hope suggests two ideas that she...

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Gatsby admits to Nick that Daisy was driving the car and was the one who ran over Myrtle: "Was Daisy driving?" "Yes," he said after a moment, "but of course I’ll say I was. You see, when we left...

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In Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby acquires his wealth through the underground bootlegging industry. Unlike Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who are born into wealth and considered...

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Once again, Daisy's time with a love interest is interrupted by a phone call. As Daisy inspects Gatsby's surroundings, she exclaims over all the details of his younger life. She is giddy with...

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The Great Gatsby concludes with one of the most famous lines in all of literature: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Gatsby invested all of his...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020, 11:38 am (UTC)

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I agree with Nick. However, a person who is so completely willing to engage in pretense and make believe, as Gatsby is, might be able to convince himself that this possible. This ability on...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012, 5:33 am (UTC)

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Towards the end of chapter 4, Jordan Baker speaks these words during a conversation with Nick Carraway regarding Jay Gatsby's request to have Nick invite Daisy over to his home. Jordan Baker...

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Despite their differences in wealth and social status, Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson have a number of things in common. For one thing, they are both dependent to some extent on Tom Buchanan....

Latest answer posted December 11, 2020, 10:33 am (UTC)

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Jordan Baker recounts that the night before Daisy's wedding she found Daisy with "a bottle of Sauterne in one hand and a letter in another." In addition, she explains that after reading this...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015, 5:31 am (UTC)

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For Jay Gatsby, at this point, when everything is out in the open, Daisy's confession that she never loved Tom, is a public affirmation that she loves him. Even though Daisy admits this with some...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2016, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 4 occurs after Nick first attends one of Gatsby's large, flamboyant parties. Nick continues to talk about the rumors flying about Gatsby at the parties as the chapter opens. First, we learn...

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In chapter eight, Nick visits Gatsby's home in the wake of Myrtle's death and advises him to skip town until things settle down. However, Gatsby refuses to leave until Daisy has made a decision...

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Tom Buchanan never tells George Wilson outright that it was Gatsby who was responsible for Myrtle's death. However, Tom does tell the police, in front of Wilson, that "[Wilson] says he knows the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2017, 11:48 am (UTC)

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In chapter 2, Tom Buchanan takes Nick with him into New York City, where he meets up with his mistress, Myrtle Wilson and invites people over to his apartment for a party. During the party, Nick...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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In chapter seven, Daisy Buchanan openly flirts with Jay Gatsby in front of her husband and Nick Carraway remarks that she has an "indiscreet voice." Nick means that Daisy lacks restraint and is...

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Nick's relationship with Jordan in The Great Gatsby begins as infatuation on his part, moves into a romantic one, and ultimately falls apart when Nick sees flaws in Jordan that he cannot accept. In...

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While Myrtle Wilson and Daisy Buchanan occupy completely different social classes, both characters share similar personality traits and values. Both women are portrayed as superficial, selfish...

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Daisy Buchanan sobs when she sees Jay Gatsby's impressive collection of tailor-made shirts for several reasons. Her initial reaction being to sob at the collection of shirts highlights her...

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Gatsby's car is the one that hits Myrtle. Daisy is driving it, and after she runs Myrtle over, she keeps on going. Myrtle, however, believes the car belongs to Tom. This is because Tom is driving...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019, 4:27 am (UTC)

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I would argue that Gatsby himself is responsible for his own death. While Nick certainly portrays Gatsby heroically, it's important to step back from his narration and consider the truth about the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021, 10:44 am (UTC)

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When Gatsby first met Daisy before the war, he was not in love with her. Having come from such humble beginnings himself, Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth...

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From the start, Nick senses an enigmatic quality to the relationship between Daisy and Tom. The first night he comes to their house for dinner, he learns that Tom is having an affair. Daisy...

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Gatsby's mansion is located on West Egg, a fictional town modeled on Great Neck. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald rented a house in Great Neck for his wife and daughter and observed it as a working-class...

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Gatsby very much wants Nick to help him in his quest to reunite with Daisy so he takes him to lunch in the city. On the drive in, Gatsby knows it is important to dispel some of the rumors Nick...

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Jay Gatsby was not always a wealthy and well-connected man. Instead, he was originally named James "Jimmy" Gatz and was a poor farm boy from North Dakota. He was admitted into college but had to...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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The owl-eyed man is an observer, someone whose clear-sightedness allows him to see Gatsby for who he really is. We first meet him in chapter three: He claims to have been drunk "for about a week,"...

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On the surface, Daisy and Myrtle seem very different. Daisy is an ethereal, charming, and delicate woman from a sheltered, well-to-do family. She has the security of being married to Tom Buchanan...

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One symbol of time in The Great Gatsby is the color green. Green pops out throughout the novel. Gatsby’s torn shirt, the interior of the car that hits Myrtle, the sickly face of Myrtle’s...

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In chapter 5, Gatsby reunites with Daisy and takes her on a tour of his impressive mansion. Inside Gatsby's bedroom, he opens his closet and begins throwing expensive designer shirts made of the...

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The weather is brutally, oppressively hot in chapter 7. Nick emphasizes that it is the hottest day of the year. The extremely hot weather symbolizes the way events are heating up in the novel. Tom...

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Jordan and Nick have a cryptic and complicated relationship, and our perception of it is colored by Nick's unreliable narration. He projects his own worst traits onto Jordan while trying to absolve...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 11:14 am (UTC)

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, though many of the characters have more money than imaginable, they do not have the happiness we would expect to come with it. Tom and...

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In Chapter Eight of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby finally reveals to Nick the story of his youthful courtship with Daisy in Louisville in 1917. Back then, Gatsby was still a relatively poor soldier who...

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Tom Buchanan’s ego and wealth makes him not only a bully, but, according to Daisy, “uncivilized” and a “brute.” Tom believes he is entitled to anything he wants, including Myrtle, the wife of a...

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Following one of Gatsby's summer parties, Gatsby complains that Daisy did not enjoy herself and tells Nick that it is hard to make Daisy "understand." Nick Carraway mentions that Gatsby wanted...

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Some additional symbols in The Great Gatsby include Gatsby's mansion, car, and library. Gatsby's mansion and car:Gatsby's ostentatious home and car could certainly be considered symbolic of his...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Daisy rarely expresses her love for Tom throughout the novel, and the two characters have a tumultuous relationship. Daisy reluctantly married Tom because it was convenient and he came from an...

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When Nick says this to Gatsby, or rather when he shouts it at him across the lawn, it is after Gatsby has taken the blame for Daisy hitting and killing Myrtle Wilson in his car. After this point in...

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George Wilson discovers that his wife, Myrtle, has been having an affair. He does not know with whom, but he acts quickly to lock Myrtle inside her room to prevent her from leaving him. He tells...

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The puppy episode is significant because it is symbolic of the way Tom views Myrtle as well as how Myrtle views her husband. Tom clearly does not see Myrtle as his social equal. He thinks of her as...

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The rain signifies the precariousness of Gatsby's situation as he is on the brink of reuniting with Daisy after five years of separation. Gatsby has gone to extraordinary lengths to control every...

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Tom Buchanan and his two upper-class friends, the Sloanes, are out horseback riding. They stop at Gatsby's merely because they are thirsty and want a drink of water. Tom wants to use Gatsby, as he...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2020, 11:54 am (UTC)

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Jordan's statement means that large parties allow her to mingle and associate with the people she chooses without necessarily being noticed by the rest of the partygoers. The noise, the music, the...

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The above statement simply means that Daisy Buchanan falls short of the romanticized portrait that Gatsby has painted of her. Nick can see this quite clearly; the problem, however, is that Jay...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021, 10:55 am (UTC)

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Nick Carraway opens the story by sharing his father's sage advice that he should never be quick to pass judgment on people, especially those who do not have the same advantages as him. As such,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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The first incident in chapter 3 is the one in which Owl Eyes, one of Gatsby's guests, crashed his vehicle into a ditch, losing a wheel in the process. When Nick Carraway asked him about the...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2016, 11:24 am (UTC)

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Some possible thesis statements below: 1. Although Jay Gatsby lived his life loving Daisy, she did not even attend his funeral. 2. Although the night life was all glitter and glamor at West Egg,...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011, 7:17 am (UTC)

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Gatsby's funeral is sparsely attended, to say the least. Besides Nick, who'd grown quite attached to him, only the local postman, a handful of servants, Owl Eyes, and Jay's father, Henry Gatz, are...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2021, 10:34 am (UTC)

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The way Mrs. Wilson behaves upon exiting the cab at the apartment she shares with Tom is completely at odds with the way the apartment appears to Nick. To Mrs. Wilson, the apartment and the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2021, 10:59 am (UTC)

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