The Great Gatsby (Chapter 8)

Nick to Gatsby (AK) “They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
Theme: God You may fool me , but you can’t fool god (George-Myrtle)
T.J. Eckleburg’s Eyes (CM) ‘God knows what you’ve been doing…. you may fool me, but can’t fool God’ G. Willson says this while looking to the eyes of T.J.E. and Micaelis reminds him that ; ‘that’s an advertisement’. Fitzgerald uses this to indicate that god has been replaced by money and commercialism.
gatsby’s denial about the ending of his dream TL of course she may have loved him for a minute …..and loved me more even then ,
Gatsby’s Lie (NJ) NB Quote about Gatsby : “but now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail”. From the moment he started the lies about who he really was, he was never going to be able to go back in time and change it. What started out as a little lie became a “grail”, one which he HAD to continue to follow.
Ironically Divine image of Daisy (HS) ‘Daisy gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor’. Daisy is portrayed in a paradoxical manner, beautiful yet full of neglect and ignorance.
Daisy falls in love with a lie (CC) “but he had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe he was a person from much the same strata as herself.” Gatsby lies to her from day one and ultimately sows the seeds of his own demise.
Gatsby tries to erase the past between Tom and Daisy by looking to Nick for reassurance of this “I don’t think she ever loved him.” Gatsby turned around and looked at me challengingly
Gatsby’s love for Daisy (EM) ‘He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free’. (Nick speaking about Gatsby) Even when he knew he had lost Daisy forever he couldn’t give up on his dream.

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