What is an important quote from chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby?

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This is a good question. Knowing good quotes allow you to digest and really understand a book. Also the way a story begins is very important. So, knowing something about chapter one is essential. In light of this, let me give you a few important quotes. 

First, Nick, through whose eyes the story is told, is immediately a sympathetic character. We can tell he is so by his non-judgmental attitude. This is important, because he will be able to withhold judgment when others judge. This makes for a more reliable author. Right from the beginning he says that non-judgment is one of his dearest principles. He says that father gave him this advice:

‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’

Second, Daisy, one of the main character of the novel, says something very odd. She says that she hopes that her daughter will grow up to be a fool. This shows how women are viewed and the vacuous worldview of the wealthy who are depicted in the novel. 

All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’


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