The Great Gatsby Chapter 7 SG

In “The Great Gatsby,” why does Tom refer to the liaison between Daisy and Gatsby in terms of intermarriage? To him the difference in classes is equivalent to a difference in race. This is a repetition of his remarks in the first chapter that subordinate races must be kept in their place, must be beaten down, and he now proceeds to beat Gatsby down.
Why does Tom’s defense of family life amuse Nick? because he is having an affair too
What is the significance of Nick’s thirtieth birthday? Nick sees his 30th birthday as a significant entrance into a world of “loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair.”
Why does Tom insist that Daisy and Gatsby drive home together? There has just been a huge argument after Gatsby attempts to get Daisy to deny her love for Tom. Daisy backs away and Gatsby is defatted. As to rub both their noses in this humiliation, Tom tells Daisy to return with Gatsby. This is Tom’s style. Having humiliated both Daisy and Gatsby he “lets” them return together in their platonic relationship.
Why does Nick change his feelings toward Jordan? Nick changes his feelings toward Jordan because after the hit and run of Myrtle,she becomes the same as Tom and Daisy. He sees her, whether it is true or not, as just another over-privileged woman who destroys those around her. Simply, she becomes a part of a world that Nick has become disillusioned about.
What is Nick’s attitude toward Gatsby? He is horrified by Gatsby’s apparent callousness in killing Myrtle and refusing to stop the car. At this point Tom seems justified in his appraisal of Gatsby and in Nick’s mind even the sordid background of which Tom has accused Gatsby seems not only real but very relevant.
Why are Tom and Daisy reconciled? They are drawn together by their guilt, and by the unacknowledged fact that was implied in the scene at the hotel, that they both have the same cynical attitude toward life. Also, the scene at the hotel and the accident on the highway have destroyed the recent love affairs of both.
Who is Trimachio? Explain how this describes Gatsby. Trimalchio was the protagonist in Satyricon, by Petronius. He was a freedman who gained prestige and power through sheer tenacity and hard work. Once he attained his wealth, he enjoyed throwing lavish parties that were meant to impress his variety of guests.The comparison of Gatsby and Trimalchio is obvious. Both were newly rich, and trying to get the right attention. Fitzgerald’s early version of Gatsby was actually titled “Trimalchio in West Egg”.
Describe Daisy and Gatsby’s new relationship. The two are now in love and acknowledge the near impossibility of making their relationship publicly known to anyone other than Nick.
Compare George Wilson and Tom. What did each man learn about his wife and how did they react? When Tom found out of Daisy’s affair with Gatsby, he found as much dirt on Gatsby as he could and called him out on it in front of Daisy. This led to Daisy thinking Gatsby was unworthy and made her not want to see him again. Wilson has no idea his wife is having an affair with another man until way too late. He thinks that Myrtle is seeing Gatsby even though she’s seeing Tom. Therefore Wilson goes and kills Gatsby and then kills himself.
If Daisy says she’s never loved Tom, is there someone whom she thinks she loves? She loved Gatsby once before and now she loves him again. However, when she learns the truth of how he acquired his wealth, she no longer has feelings for him and chooses Tom over him. She also shows no reaction to Gatsby’s murder and never even came to his funeral.
Describe the fight between Gatsby and Tom. What do these men think of each other? How are they similar and how are they different? During the fight, Tom gets mad when Gatsby calls him “old sport” and explodes, revealing Gatsby’s source of wealth. Gatsby almost demands that Daisy renounce any feelings of love that she ever had for Tom. Although Daisy does do this at first, she takes it back, saying that she can not truthfully say that she never loved Tom. Gatsby and Tom are jealous of each other and hate each other. Their similarities include wealth, determination, a lying nature, and a love for Daisy. Tom is different from Gatsby in that he does not really see that he has ever done wrong whereas Gatsby does seem to know that what he has done is wrong – that is why he keeps it hidden.
What do you think Tom and Daisy were saying to each other in the kitchen? Do you think that Tom knew Daisy was driving the “death car”? Why, why not? I think that Daisy was telling Tom the truth about the accident and Tom was assuring her how he could fix things so that Daisy would never be found out.
At this point, how would you end the novel? There is a sense of closure. Gatsby no longers throws the parties he used to, in order to gain Daisy’s attention. He has finally given up.

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