Great Gatsby Reading Questions

At the beginning of the chapter, the story is interrupted at its most dramatic point. What is the author’s purpose in breaking the story here? They reffered back to the story of Dan Cody and how daisy was the first nice girl that Gatsby had ever known. It fills the open gaps on their relationship
What prompts Gatsby to talk freely to Nick now, when he was unwilling to do so in the past? Tom has broken him down with his mean accusations. The idea of who he was trying to become had been shattered and now we see who he really is on the inside. Gatsby is no longer to hide anymore because he realizes Daisy is slipping away from him. Nick knows Gatsby was NOT guilt of the murder
What further information do we learn about Gatsby? Gatsby loved Daisy for “superficial reasons” learned that Daisy dealt with Gatsby leaving for war and her moving on. Gatsby tried to get her back but went to Oxford instead. After Gatsby learns about the marriage of Daisy, he returns to Louisville to try and find her. Gatsby took what he could get and he didn’t plan on falling in love but managed to commit a holy grail.
As Nick leaves Gatsby the morning after the accident, he remarks, “They’re a rotten crowd.” Enumerate the people “they” refers to. Why are they “rotten”? Tom Daisy and Jordan They are rotten because they are so full of themselves due to the fact that they are the elite class, and have no concerns for others but themselves and their social group that they belong and their needs of staying the highest in society.
What is the compliment that Nick pays to Gatsby? Why does Nick feel compelled to commend Gatsby? “You’re worth a whole damn bunch” Gatsby gives him a radiant and understanding smile. (154) Nick feels the urge to tell him this because Gatsby held on to his dream of getting Daisy back and watching his dream disappear right in front of him, therefore she was his external hope for everything and he could do better than her and find someone better.
Explain Nick’s meaning when he balances Gatsby’s supposed “corruption” against his “incorruptible dream.” Gatsby received money through illegal means but his dream of Daisy was incorruptible and couldn’t be damaged His corruption, all the rumors of all the bad things he had done to gain his wealth were Gatsby’s means to an end
How does Wilson view the “eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg”? Does Wilson’s statement have a symbolic level for the novel as a whole? Explain. Wilson is confused and deranged and views the “eyes of Eckleberg” as the eyes of God that sees everything. Owl eyes has classes too, and sees many things that most people do not.
Trace the movements of Gatsby and Wilson at the end of Chapter 8. What is Nick’s meaning when he says, “…the holocaust was complete”? The elite caused a massacre of all of those in the novel and if you didn’t have money and if you weren’t well known in society, you died. George killed Gatsby as a way of revenge for “killing his wife” when it was Daisy who was drivingShortly after he killed Gatsby, he shot himself so there was no proof on who killed him.
What makes Nick assume responsibility for the funeral arrangements? Specify the things he did. No one cared about Gatsby and would arrange the funeral except for him. He called daisy and many others but got either very little response or no response at all. So he took over and planned the funeral himself.
What version of the tragedy appeared in the newspapers? How would you account for the fact that this version went unchallenged and uncorrected? (163) “most of these reports were a nightmare- grotesque, circumstantial, eager and untrue.” Nick was chosen as a spokesperson because no one volunteered to do so.
How had Gatsby’s father learned of the tragedy? To what extent does the father know his son? Gatsby’s father learned of the tragedy from the newspaper(s). His father isn’t aware and doesn’t choose to be aware of how his son gained his wealth. His father takes certain pride in all of his sons possessions.
Discuss the significance of Gatsby’s boyhood program for self-improvement. He was always the one to try and make improvements on himself.The schedule in the book shows this.
What moral judgment does Nick make about Tom and Daisy? ” it was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed things and creatures and then retreated back to their money and their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” (179)
What is the significance of the scene including Jordan Baker? It shows Nicks disgust with everyone who was involved with the murder and the accident and shows his disgust for the “elite class”
What is the irony of Gatsby’s funeral? Few people were at the funeral or the procession. Gatsby’s father, Nick, the minister, some servants, and owl eyes were the only ones in attendance at the funeral.Shows while hundreds came to the parties they used him for his wealth, and didn’t take the time to get to know him as a person and it shows that they didn’t care enough to do so either.
Explain the significance of the last page of the novel in relation to Gatsby’s dream and to the American Dream Gatsby believed that he still had many years to live ahead of him and all he could think about was living right then in the moment. He had all the things men wanted and needed. He thought he could win Daisy back in the end. The last page shows what happens when you let your dreams control your life and they aren’t a reality.

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