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In The Great Gatsby, what does Daisy mean when she says this: "And I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a...

This quote is taken from chapter one when Daisy is telling Nick about the birth of her daughter. Through this quote, Daisy makes an important point about 1920s American society. Specifically, she...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 8:52 am UTC

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What does the last sentence in chapter 9 mean? Keeping the last three paragraphs in mind, what does this sentence...

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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In The Great Gatsby, compare and contrast the characters of Daisy and Myrtle Wilson.

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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Her Voice Is Full Of Money

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...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020 11:33 am UTC

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What are some quotes from chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, specifically the scene where Gatsby takes the blame for...

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...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 1:34 am UTC

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How did Jay Gatsby get all of his money in The Great Gatsby?

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...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020 11:02 am UTC

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Myrtle is killed by a car in The Great Gatsby. Whose car actually hits her, and who did she think was in the car?

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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In The Great Gatsby, what are some quotes about the lavish parties that he throws?

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...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 3:27 pm UTC

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What was Nick's relationship with Jordan in The Great Gatsby?

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...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2020 1:52 pm UTC

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Why Does Gatsby Tell Nick About His Life

In Chapter IV when Nick and Gatsby ride together into New York, Gatsby tells Nick about his past, in Gatsby's words "something about my life." He then tells Nick of his wealthy Midwestern family...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2009 10:30 am UTC

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Why Does Daisy Cry About The Shirts

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...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021 11:35 am UTC

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What is the difference between West Egg and East Egg? What sets these two areas apart?

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...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 9:15 pm UTC

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Rumors About Gatsby

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...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2021 10:59 am UTC

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Can't Repeat The Past Why Of Course You Can

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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Metaphors In The Great Gatsby

A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words like or as. The Great Gatsby, an extraordinarily lyrical novel, offers a great wealth of metaphors A few examples are below. In a famous...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 10:59 am UTC

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What is the weather like in chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby?" What does it symbolize?

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...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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Does Gatsby Really Love Daisy

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...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2020 3:02 pm UTC

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What are some examples of Time/Clocks as symbolism in The Great Gatsby?  

In Chapter Five of The Great Gatsby, Nick invites Daisy and Gatsby over to his house for tea, and this is the first time Gatsby has seen Daisy in five years. Gatsby has spent the last five years...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 7:50 pm UTC

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Why does Fitzgerald have the Owl-Eyed Man attend Gatsby's funeral? What might he represent?

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,"...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 12:59 pm UTC

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In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby, what is Gatsby giving up when he kisses Daisy, and why?

At the end of chapter 6, Nick cautions Gatsby that he should not expect too much of Daisy, because it's impossible to recreate the past. Aghast, Gatsby exclaims that it's absolutely possible to...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2020 2:04 pm UTC

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In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, what does the rain signify?

In Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, the rain first foreshadows the tension between Gatsby and Daisy when they are reunited. The rain also symbolizes Daisy's tears later in the chapter. At the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 1:59 pm UTC

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In Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, analyze the symbolism of Gatsby's shirts. 

In chapter 5, Jay Gatsby takes Daisy on a tour through his home and shows her his closet full of elegant, expensive clothes. Gatsby mentions that he has a man in England who sends him new clothes...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2017 7:03 pm UTC

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In The Great Gatsby, on what page does the quote "he half expected her to wander into one of his parties" appear?

In my copy of The Great Gatsby, this quote appears on page 102 (Vintage Books, London, 2012). It is spoken by Jordan Baker, who relates to Nick the history of Daisy and Gatsby's relationship....

Latest answer posted March 15, 2017 8:27 am UTC

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Who is Dan Cody and what is his significance in Gatsby's life?

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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Who Attended Gatsby's Funeral How And Why Is This Significant

Nick, a minister, a few servants, Gatsby's father, and Owl Eyes are the individuals that attend Gatsby's funeral. Nick reached out to various individuals such as Wolfsheim, Gatsby's "boarder"...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 4:23 pm UTC

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Tom, Mr. Sloane, and a young lady visit Gatsby's home. The lady then invites Gatsby to come to dinner with them. What...

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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What is a comparison/contrast between Myrtle Wilson and Daisy Buchanan from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby?

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...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 12:57 pm UTC

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What would be a good thesis statement for the Great Gatsby when writing an essay?

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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Who is most responsible for Gatsby's death?  F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Tom Buchanan didn't pull the trigger, but in the eyes of Nick, he is most responsible for Gatsby's death. Nick runs into Tom in October one day on the streets of Manhattan, on Fifth Avenue in front...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2021 11:21 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the characters of Daisy and Myrtle in The Great Gatsby. What is Fitzgerald revealing through...

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...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 4:26 pm UTC

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In The Great Gatsby, what does Nick mean in this passage? "I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and...

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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What does Mr. Wolfsheim tell Nick about Gatsby and Tom?

When Nick is first introduced to Meyer Wolfsheim in chapter 4, Wolfsheim tells him that he has known Gatsby for several years and mentions that Gatsby is an "Oggsford man." He mentions that he met...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 5:57 pm UTC

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In Chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby, what does George Wilson think happened to Myrtle?

George believes that Myrtle was murdered. Though George Wilson does not seem to know immediately who was driving the car that killed Myrtle, he says to Michaelis: "He murdered her." Wilson goes...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2015 6:44 pm UTC

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Why does Jordan tell Nick,"Well, I met another bad driver, didn't I?"

When toward the end of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker says to Nick, “Well, I met another bad driver, didn’t I,” she is referring not to driving but to the poor choice she made...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 11:35 pm UTC

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What Is Daisy's Opinion Of Gatsby's Party

In Chapter Six of The Great Gatsby, Daisy attends one of Gatsby's parties, but she does not enjoy it. In fact, she is "offended" by the party, especially by the people who are in attendance. Daisy...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2017 7:44 am UTC

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What is Tom and Myrtle's apartment like in The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald?  

For a description of Tom and Myrtle's apartment, take a look at chapter two. According to Nick, the apartment is situated on the top floor of a block and consists of only four rooms: a small living...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 10:42 am UTC

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What was the significance of the letter that Daisy received right before her wedding to Tom? How does the letter...

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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On what page of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby does Tom tell Wilson that Gatsby was the one who killed Myrtle?

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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Describe the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan from the novel The Great Gatsby.

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...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 4:59 am UTC

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In The Great Gatsby, what is Gatsby's reply when Nick says you can't repeat the past, and why is that his reply?

In the late night hours following what will be Gatsby's final party, he is disappointed that Daisy was not impressed by the extravagant entertainment he provided. Nick tries to both comfort Gatsby...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 2:35 am UTC

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At the end of chapter 6, Nick describes Gatsby kissing Daisy in Louisville five years before. What is Gatsby giving...

In chapter 6, Nick recounts Gatsby's past. The reader discovers that his real name was James Gatz and that he had no use for his real parents. In fact, his imagination leads him to believe that he...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018 3:50 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby forces Daisy to say she has never loved Tom. How does this show that Gatsby...

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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What is the meaning of Gatsby's uncut books in his libary? What do the books symbolize?

It is in Chapter Three of The Great Gatsby that Nick meets Owl Eyes and discovers the uncut books in Gatsby's library. The uncut books are significant because they prove that Gatsby has never read...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017 8:16 am UTC

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Describe two incidents involving automobiles in Chapter 3. What role do automobiles seem to play in the novel so far?

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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In The Great Gatsby, how does Nick describe Tom Buchanan?

Nick repeatedly described Tom in terms of Tom's physical bearing, suggesting that Tom is a "brute" on numerous occasions. In Tom's first appearance in the story, Nick describes Tom as having...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2013 11:49 pm UTC

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What does Jordan means when she says, "And I like large parties.  They're so intimate.  At small parties there isn't...

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...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021 10:50 am UTC

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Describe the violent act Tom committed against Myrtle in The Great Gatsby. What does this reveal about him?  (Just in...

Myrtle insists on saying Daisy's name, again and again, even after Tom has apparently told her to stop. "Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand." He breaks...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 11:32 am UTC

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In The Great Gatsby, what does Gatsby's car represent?

Gatsby's car, outsized and ostentatious, represents Gatsby's flamboyant gestures, love of the material world, and huge capacity to dream. We learn that the car is very large and both green on the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 1:22 pm UTC

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Can you describe Daisy and Tom Buchanan's home in The Great Gatsby and give me the text passage?

It is in Chapter One of The Great Gatsby that Nick first visits the home of his cousin, Daisy, and her husband, Tom, in the fashionable East Egg neighborhood. Knowing that Tom and Daisy are...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016 8:38 am UTC

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Where is the part that indicates that Gatsby is a bootlegger in The Great Gatsby?    

The first evidence exists in the extravagant parties that Gatsby throws with enough alcohol to cover the desires of an enormous crowd. Where would he find such access to quantities of alcohol in...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 10:53 pm UTC

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