The Great Gatsby Ch 5 Study Guide

What steps has Gatsby taken to ensure this reunion day is perfect? He’s had way too many flowers delivered, had Nick’s lawn mowed, and is wearing a white suit with silver shirt and gold tie.
What’s the weather like at the beginning of the chapter? It’s raining. Symbolically analyze this element of thescene. Analysis of the rain could go two different ways. First, it might be a sign that nothing can ever be perfect, no matter how much Gatsby wants it to be. Second, it might be an optimistic sign of renewal and cleanliness, washing away the sorrow of the past.
Why does Gatsby take Nick and Daisy the long away around his house to the front door instead of just cuttingthrough the back lawn? He wants to show off his impressive home by giving the full, grand tour. It’s important forDaisy to get the full picture of his wealth.
When Nick asks Gatsby what business he is in, Gatsby responds, “That’s my affair,” before he realizes that this isnot an appropriate reply. Why does Gatsby give that answer, and why is not it an appropriate reply? He gives the answer because he’s up to no good (working as a bootlegger) and doesn’t want Daisy, or anyone, to know about it. This is not an appropriate respond because it’s curt and rude.
Okay, let’s talk about that scene with the shirts. Obviously, Daisy’s not crying because of the actual shirts.Analyze the passage and explain what, exactly, has caused Daisy to become so emotional as she wraps herself in all those fancy shirts. The beautiful, colorful shirts are a symbol of what Daisy’s lost by marrying Tom. Gatsby is the colorful, exotic fabric, while Tom would be the staid, starched white shirts worn by the upper-class. All of the color and fun is out of her lily-white life. Daisy is the ultimate material girl, so it’s no surprise that the fine material of Gatsby’s shirt bring her to the edge of her breaking point. If the clothes make the man, Daisy is likely wishing that she could wrap herself up in Gatsby. The shirts will have to do – for now.
As the three of them look across the bay toward Daisy’s house, Nick tells us, “Possibly it had occurred to him thatthe colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to that great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.” First, explain what Fitzgerald means by “the great distance” between Gatsby and Daisy. They’re apart because of her marriageto Tom, but, more importantly, the distance between them is a huge one of social class. He’s trying to reach out and close the gap between their social classes, but, of course, that is impossible.
Then, explain the significance of the fact that the green light is now just a light on a dock and that Gatsby’s “count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.” This part of the reunion is like the feeling you get once you finally accomplish a goal/obtain something you’ve wanted for a long time. While you’re happy to finally have that thing, there might be a little bit of a let-down because the item/achievement isn’t as awesome as you’d always dreamed it would be. This reminds me ofyoung brides who spend a year planning their wedding and then don’t even enjoy their big day because they’re so exhausted and/or pained about making sure every detail is absolutely perfect. They’re bound to be let down, atleast a little. This is what’s happening to Gatsby at the end of this chapter.

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