Great Gatsby Chapter 9 Study Guide

What is the motive publicly given for Wilson’s murder of Gatsby? Wilson was mad (as in crazy)
What does the telephone call from Chicago tell us about Gatsby’s business? That Gatsby was involved with organized crime
What does Kilpspringer want from Nick? How does Nick react to this? He wants to pick up a pair of tennis shoes. Nick is revolted and hangs up
Why is Gatsby’s father so proud of him? He’s proud about how far his son “made it” in life
Describe the end of Nick’s relationship with Jordan. They never really had a real relationship, but when Nick ends their affair, Jordan announces that she’s engaged
What does confess to Nick when they meet that fall? Does regret what has he done? Tom admits that it was he who sent Wilson to Gatsby’s. He doesn’t regret it, says Gatsby deserved to die.
Chapter 9 begins in present. How much time has passed since all of the event sin this narrative took place? 2 years
Nick says that, “this has been a story of the West, after all.” What do you think he means by that? I think Nick means to contrast the decadence of the East with the real world of the West. Both he and Gatsby are mid westerners. They go to the East for different reasons but the East seems to corrupt and morally ravage all who enter
How does Nick characterize Tom and Daisy at the end of the book? What has each of them “smashed” during the course of the novel? Nick characterizes them as vapid and self-indulgent. There is no substance to them. Both characters have destroyed even the illusion of real love, caring, compassion and humanity. They make Nick sick to his stomach
At the end of the book, Nick imagines what the continent must have been like when it was first seen by Dutch sailors. How does this contrast with the environment described in the novel? Both “Eggs” in their own ways become a symbol of greed, vapid desire and broken dreams. They are separated by the rotting grey Valley of Ashes. There is no more hope in Long Island as the Dutch sailors might have once felt; now the lives of people on both sides are just as rotten as the valley.
What does the green light symbolize at end of the novel? Green is a significant symbol in this novel. Green is usually used as a symbol for growth, money, regeneration…For Gatsby, the green light is different, it makes him “tremble.” The green light reminds him of Daisy. She is an illusion of new beginnings, love, longing and desire

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