Chapter 8 Gatsby Study Guide

Why was the young Gatsby drawn to Daisy? He liked that other men wanted her and he also like the glamour of her house.
What is the cause of the problem between Jordan and Nick? After witnessing everything from the previous day, any connection or romance seems dead now. They never really liked each other that much, anyway, so it’s not a big loss for either when they fail to connect.
In what context do Dr. Eckleburg’s eyes appear in this chapter? Wilson believes the billboard’s eyes are literallythe eyes of God and that God has seen and judged the sinful acts of the people in the valley of the ashes.
When Wilson disappears for three hours, where do you guess he might have gone? (You won’t know for certain until later.) Answers will vary, but we know later that Wilson went to Tom’s house to find out about the ownerof the yellow car. We’ll find out in the final chapter that Tom tells a deranged-looking Wilson where Gatsby lives.
Gatsby asks the groundskeeper not to drain the pool. Why? call. In light of what happens at the very end of this chapter, how is this exchange symbolically meaningful? He realizes that the entire summer season haspassed and he hasn’t once taken a swim in his own pool. He decides today is the day to take a swim while he waits for Daisy’s call. Summer is officially over, but Gatsby just can’t let go. He wants to live in the past, not accepting thechange of time, change of seasons. He’s lost Daisy, but he’s still delusionally waiting to hear from her.
How can Wilson’s actions at the end of this chapter be explained? He mistakenly believes that Gatsby is the onewho killed his wife, so he hunts him down and shoots him. Wilson, unable to face the horror of what he’s done, then turns the gun on himself.
What were Nick’s final significant words to Gatsby? Why is this a fitting goodbye? Nick said, “They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” It’s true. The irony, of course, is that Gatsby wanted sodesperately to be a part of this elite group that is actually filled with selfish, lousy people.

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