Friday, April 14, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Pg. 161-162

The opening line on page 161 starts off with Nick describing that Mr. Wolfsheim's chauffeur heard the shots and didn't think anything of them. How can you hear gun shots and just think, well everything's fine back there, no need to worry. How stupid is this guy? Why was the butler, gardener, and chauffeur waiting for Nick, why didn't they just go check things out? Why is Nick's reaction to the event that alarms them and not the gunshots? Why does F. Scott Fitzgerald go into so much detail about what's going on in this final scene? Why couldn't he have just said something along the lines that Nick and company found Gatsby in the pool surrounded by blood or something? Nick's final line in the chapter was "...and the holocaust was complete." (referring to Gatsby being dead, and Wilson laying dead in the grass) What makes this a holocaust? Is Gatsby supposed to be a sacrifice, and if so to who?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Pg. 113

This page is interesting because F. Scott Fitzgerald brings up a great point in the quote "It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on..." This makes me wonder what happened between Gatsby and Daisy to make the lights go out, the page also talks about cars arriving and leaving without staying longer than a minute. Why is Gatsby now turning people away from his house? Also what's going on with Mr. Gatsby's dismissing all his servants, and hiring new people that are quote on quote not servants at all. What is Gatsby hiding from the world now, and what will the new party less Gatsby look like?

The Great Gatsby Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Pg. 98

Yes we finally get the truth about Gatsby and it only took 98 pages! In seriousness we finally get to meet James Gatz, the true identity of our mystical friend who has put our emotions on a rollercoaster. We learn that Gatsby changed his name when he was seventeen years old, and got his first claim to fame when he saved his good friend Dan Cody from crashing in the storm he got caught in. This portion of the chapter claims that Gatsby saw himself as the son of god Jay rather than James, son of the poor farmers. We also learn why he doesn't like younger women which is because he thinks they are ignorant, this coming from the bum farm boy living on the beach of a lake seems a little hypocritical, but at least we now know the origins of the "Great" Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby Chapter 5

Chapter 5

Pg. 84

This page opens up with Nick describing what Gatsby brought over to the Tea party, Nick talks about the excess of unnecessary flowers that Gatsby sent over as well as the unusual status of Gatsby who seemed to be pale with bags under his eyes. Gatsby asks Nick if everything is ok and Nick dodges the question by saying "The grass looks fine, if that's what you mean." This is interesting that he doesn't want to talk about himself and instead diverts Gatsby's focus. Gatsby hen inquires if Nick had gotten the tea for the tea party, this is very interesting because what would Nick have gotten? stale cupcakes? After Gatsby does another inspection of the pantry Nick notices that Gatsby seems to be looking at invisible events occurring outside. At the end of the page he decides that he needs to go home because he chose to late of a time for tea, and just as he's about to leave Daisy's car arrives.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Pg. 71

The paragraph begins with Mr. Wolfsheim inquiring about Nick wanting a business deal to which Gatsby replied no this is not him, what does this mean, is this some sort of shady deal and Gatsby doesn't want Nick to know, or is this just some negotiation that Gatsby has for a friend with money? What is up with Mr. Wolfsheim being so paranoid, maybe that deal is a little shady, and maybe Mr. Wolfsheim, and Mr. Gatsby aren't so great for Nick. After all this Gatsby leaves the table to go take a phone call leaving Nick with Mr. Wolfsheim, this leads them to have a small chitchat in which Mr. Wolfsheim confirms that Gatsby is an Oggsford man but not Oxford which is what he has lead us to believe, does this mean that Gatsby has been lying about where he went to college? This chapter confirmed a lot of things about Gatsby but raised new questions, Nick doesn't appreciate being lied to and neither do I.

The Great Gatsby Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Pg. 49

After an interesting encounter with Nicks next door neighbor (Mr. Gatsby) He is very interested in finding out more about Gatsby's life, what sudden event has occurred to make him so invested in the crazy life of Mr. Gatsby? Is it the connection they have through the army, or is it that Nick is humbled that such an amazing man such as Gatsby wants to spend time with him. After Nicks comments on Gatsby, Jordan takes note about how he is the one obsessed with him, and then as usual she goes off on how she doesn't believe that he went to Oxford, and how he killed a man. Is it so crazy that he killed a man though because he was at war and as sad as it is to say during a time of war that's what happened. Jordan also makes a comment about how she enjoys large parties because you have more privacies than small parties, this doesn't make much sense because you would think that at a large party you would have no privacy at all. What is the significance of Gatsby playing Jazz History of the World, does this have some special meaning or is this just a popular song from Fitzgerald's time. In this chapter we met the infamous Gatsby, and in meeting him we really haven't discovered anything new about him, the only thing that meeting him did was confirm that he was in the army, so what will we learn about this mysterious Gatsby in the coming chapters?

The Great Gatsby Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Pg. 37

The paragraph starts with Nick describing people as making other plans, getting lost, looking for each other, and finding one another a few feet away why did they keep making plans and then losing themselves back to the party. After Nicks statement of the party goers getting lost and found Tom and Mrs. Wilson get in an argument and Tom hits her, why did no one do anything after this striking event. After Tom hits Mrs. Wilson, Nick and Mr. McKee seem as if they are in a hurry to leave, is this because they didn't want to be around Tom anymore, or did they actually have somewhere to be? Overall this was an interesting chapter where we learn about Tom's lover, as the book goes on I am excited to see what Daisy uncovers about Toms interesting new lover.