Chapter 4 The Great Gatsby Questions

What does Gatsby tell Nick about himself? Gatsby tells Nick that he was the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West that were all dead now. He also said that he grew up in America but educated at Oxford, because all of his ancestors had been educated there for years. It was supposedly a family tradition.
What is the significance of Nick’s statements: “Anything can happen now that we’ve slid over this bridge?” and “Even Gatsby could happen, without any particular wonder”? The significance of the two statements is that they are in a place full of opportunity, and there, there is a lot of money. He is trying to say that they are in a land of opportunity, and there is a chance for anything to happen.
Who is Meyer Wolfsheim, what seems to be his connection with Gatsby, and what does this tell us about Gatsby? Meyer Wolfsheim is a friend of Gatsby. I think his connection is in business. He is an untrustworthy man though, running things illegal, which tells us that Gatsby’s work isn’t completely trustworthy.
According to Jordan, what did Daisy do on her wedding day? Daisy got a letter and she wanted to change her plans and not get married to Tom.
Why do you think Gatsby has so many parties? I think that Gatsby has so many parties because he wanted Daisy to come wandering in.
Why did he buy the house? He bought the house so that Daisy’s house would be right across the bay.
Why does Gatsby want to have tea with Daisy at Nick’s house? Gatsby wants to have tea with Daisy at Nick’s house because then he gets to spend time with Daisy and they could talk.
What does Tom do when he and Daisy return from their honeymoon? Tom treats her as if she was a nobody. He does it because he only married her for the appearance. Remember, appearance was huge in the 1920’s.
With Jordan in his arms, Nick thinks of a phrase: “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” How does this phrase reflect on the events of the novel so far? This phrase relates to the events in the book so far because the pursued is Daisy, the pursuing is Gatsby, the busy is almost everyone, and the tired are everyone.
Do you think that Gatsby would agree with the phrase “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired”? I think that Gatsby wouldn’t agree with it, because he is living the high life.

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