Thursday, April 20, 2017

Great Gatsby Chapter 9

Nick has a funeral for Gatsby in which he expects to see a lot of people, to his surprise not many people are there. I think a reoccurring theme in Gatsby's life is not having people there for him. Although a man with material possessions, rich in possessions to say, very morally poor. Gatsby shows that you might have everything in your possession but if you don't have people to share it with it may not matter. Nick realizes Tom and Daisy are very shallow people and hide behind their money knowing they will never pay the price for their actions. Gatsby was one of the deepest people in this book and he may have looked like he was shallow at first but once we got to know him he was just another man searching for something to make him happy.

Is Gatsby really great?
To be  great do you have to be "one of a kind?" In the last scenes of Deadpool, although it is a silly movie it says, "Four or Five moments... that's all it takes to become a hero." I think you could connect that to being great. You don't have to be rich or successful to be great. Gatsby was both but the moment to me that made him great was when he decided to take the blame for daisy. He is giving up himself for something he has been chasing for so long making him great.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great Gatsby Chapter 8

In chapter 8, Gatsby tells Nick why he loves Daisy so much he explains that he had lied to her to make himself seem worthy of her and tells him about her promise when he goes off to war. Daisy said she'd wait for him yet married Tom but Gatsby still needs to carry some of the blame for what he did. He didn't talk to Daisy when he returned yet went to Oxford. Why wouldn't Gatsby reach out to Daisy? The chapter shifts focus to Wilson, Myrtles husband. Myrtle died in chapter 7 and Wilson starts to go mad. He goes garage to garage determined to find whoever killed his wife. He sees the car in Gatsby's garage and shoots him. Gatsby falls dead into the pool, the first time he has used it. Right before he died he realized he had been chasing after someone who wouldn't ever be with him and gives up. I think he is content dying at this point since he realizes he is living for nothing anymore.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great Gatsby Chapter 7

The chapter begins with an odd feeling. Gatsby’s house is lifeless and the parties have been cancelled. He has fired his servants and replaced them with 12 others to stop the gossip he says. He explains that Daisy comes over quite often and doesn’t want the word to spread. Nick takes the train to East Egg to meet Tom and Daisy for lunch but when he arrives he’s surprised to see Gatsby and Jordan there as well. We are introduced to Daisy’s daughter when Nick arrives at the Buchanan's house and both him and Gatsby are surprised to see the child. As they pass time at the Buchanan's house wondering what to do, Daisy suggests they go into town. Gatsby and Daisy’s love for each other shows through more and Tom starts to notice it.  The tension between Gatsby and Tom rises and Tom tries to show Gatsby up. Tom brings up Gatsby's past, what he does to get money, and brings up what his intentions are with Daisy. Gatsby reveals to Tom that Daisy loves him and not Tom. The tension between the two leaves Daisy confused and she feels herself get closer to Tom by the end of the night, whereas she was closer to Gatsby earlier in the day. On the way back from town, Tom sends Daisy and Gatsby to drive back and he will take Nick and Jordan. Tom, Nick, and Jordan who were shortly behind Gatsby’s car arrive upon a scene where Myrtle has been hit and killed by a car. A yellow car, Gatsby’s car. When they arrive back to Tom’s house, Tom finds Daisy there but Gatsby is hiding in the bushes. Gatsby goes on to tell Nick that Daisy was the driver of the car that hit Myrtle but he will take the blame. Gatsby stuck around and hid in the bushes to make sure Tom wouldn’t hurt her but when Nick goes to check on how things are going inside he sees Tom and Daisy conversing leaving Gatsby standing there, “Watching over nothing.”

How would I define great?
I think this is a big component of the chapter as Gatsby does a lot of things I would consider great.

  • (pg 118) “On the green Sound, stagnant in the heat, one small sail crawled slowly toward the fresher sea.” The word green appears often, what is it’s significance in the book? 
  • “Her voice is full of money,” (pg120) Nick realizes after Gatsby says this, “That was it, I’d never understood before. It was full of money- that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it...High in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl...” This thought is abruptly brought to an end when Tom comes back to the room, what will the realization do/what do you think the full thought would’ve been in Nick’s mind had it been completed? 
  • “She walked close to Gatsby, touching his coat with her hand.” (pg 121.) This happens right after Tom is holding Daisy and offering to ride with her and Gatsby but she suggests to Tom that he should take Nick and Jordan and they will meet them there. If you were Tom what would you do in this situation?
  • (pg 145) “So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight--watching over nothing.” Is Gatsby defeated??

Great Gatsby Chapter 6

A lot about Gatsby is learned from Chapter 6, for instance his real name and where is money came from to where he's from. Gatsby was a drop out of college and went on to work at a camp for a summer. Here he met Dan Cody who ended up hiring him as a personal assistant. He takes care of Mr. Cody when he gets very drunk and Gatsby tells himself he won't drink, thus the reason he doesn't drink at his parties. Gatsby's original name was James Gatz, however, when he worked for Dan on his yacht he gave him the name Jay Gatsby. I think Gatsby chooses to go by this name because after working on the yacht he starts a new life in a way. He commits himself to becoming successful and rich yet as James Gatz he was a college dropout and janitor for a while. By changing his name he is leaving the past behind to renew himself. The tension starts to build between Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby so it will be interesting to see where that will go. Also, Gatsby invited Daisy to a party in which Tom arrived with her. It was unlike many of Gatsby's parties and Daisy left without having a good time. What will happen with Tom, Daisy, and Gatsby as the book carries on? 

If Gatsby does have a heroes journey, would this be the turning point in his life??
The conflict between Tom and Gatsby grows as both of them spend time watching and observing the other. Who will be the first to unleash on the other, or will it ever? 
Also how can Tom get mad at Daisy when he has cheated so many times before? weird.
Why would Gatsby want to forget his past? 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Gatsby Chapter 5

Nick and Gatsby have an interesting meeting about getting Daisy to come over some night without Tom. Gatsby tells Nick in a somewhat childish way no, hinting that he wants to but doesn't want to look desperate by saying yes. He tells Nick to invite her what ever day works best for him and she comes. Gatsby also proposes a business opportunity to Nick. pg 83 "Well, this would interest you. It wouldn't take up much of your time and you might pick up a nice bit of money. It happens to be a rather confidential sort of thing." I wonder what will come of this? Also in Gatsby's meeting with Daisy he is very shy and awkward until Nick talks to him. Nick describes coming back into the room after, he says, "But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room." What sparked this change? Why did Gatsby all the sudden get a new sense of confidence after talking with Nick? Is Nick pushing this a little too far? Does Gatsby not really want Daisy but Nick is making him believe he does? After this scene Gatsby offers to show Daisy around his house in an attempt to get more time with her. She says (about the house), "I love it, but I don't see how you live there all alone." (pg 90.) Gatsby's response, "I keep it always full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things. Celebrated people." (pg 90.) This is odd because earlier in the book on pg 66 he says, "You see, I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me." Is Gatsby lying to Daisy saying it is always full of interesting people in hopes she will attend? The final line of the scene reads, "Then I went out of the room and down the marble steps into the rain, leaving the two of them together." (pg 96.) What will happen with Gatsby and Daisy?

I think he isn't necessarily afraid, I think he's just nervous. He has devoted so much of himself to her that when he finally gets the opportunity to meet her again he has to mentally prepare. Maybe it won't be the same as he remembered so he had to prepare for the worst I think.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great Gatsby, chapter 4

Chapter 4 arises many conflicts between our main characters. Gatsby starts to feel something for Daisy and uses Nick to get to her. However we saw earlier that Tom, Daisy's husband, is very unfaithful to her. I wonder why Daisy hasn't left him yet when he is such a mean guy. Does Nick realize he's Gatsby's attempt to get Daisy or does Gatsby really care about Nick. I also thought it was interesting  about the parties, maybe Gatsby throws these parties in hopes Daisy will be there which is why he doesn't drink. Maybe some foreshadowing with Daisy and how she's stayed faithful to Tom while he hasn't. Could this lead to something special with Gatsby?? Gatsby was said to be reaching out towards something from his dock in the movie, is he reach towards Daisy across the bay at Tom's house?

Great Gatsby Chapter 3

In chapter 3, it starts off with a description of the weekend life of Gatsby. It says, "And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before." This quote is interesting because it just shows the kind of parties he would have. Very extravagant with lots of noise and glam. The fact that he needed an extra gardener just shows how drunk people must have gotten at these parties to destroy a garden that bad. Gatsby's party is described very in depth during this chapter and it describes how fascinated everyone was from all his material possessions. Is Gatsby very materialistically rich but morally poor? He seems like he doesn't really have anyone close to him. Could this be from experiences in the past? Nobody really knows anything about Gatsby except for that he has amazing parties and has money. He doesn't seem to connect with anyone which leaves me to believe something happened in his past that makes him not want to get close to anyone. Nick notices that Gatsby doesn't drink at his own parties while everyone else does. Theres a mysterious side to Gatsby that is interesting and I'm excited to find out more about him.