The Great Gatsby: Study Questions Ch3

1. Pay attention to Nick’s judgments. What do they reveal about his character that he does this (especially in relation to his opening comments)?. Nick describes himself as fair minded and tolerant. He believes himself to be non-judgmental. Yet, he engages in nearly constant judgment. This tells us that he is somewhat dishonest, despite his other claim that he is one of the most honest.
2. Describe Gatsby the first time Nick sees him? When Nick first sees Gatsby, he describes him as “standing with his hands in his pockets.”
3. Who is owl eyed man? What does he find extraordinary about Gatsby’s library?
4. What rumors have been told about Gatsby? Why does Fitzgerald reveal rumors rather than fact? The rumors were that they believed that Gatsby served as a German spy. Others think he served in the American Army. Another rumor was that Gatsby murdered someone in the past.
5. What does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him? After Nick meets Gatsby, he’s fascinated an compliments his smile.
6. How is Gatsby different from his guests? He doesn’t dance or have a good time at his own flashy parties, he just stands alone and hopes to see Daisy walk through the door.
7. How do the guests react to the ‘car accident?’ People were so self-centered back then, so no one had any concerns of the car accident.
8. Why does Nick choose to share his thoughts and feelings with Jordan? Nick is an extremely lonely person. Nick also describes himself as being a lonely person anyways. Nick is also attracted to Jordan, so its worth mentioning to it her.
9. Nick thinks he’s one of the few honest people he knows, why? Do you think he’s honest? Nick says he’s always honest, but reading through chapters 1-3, he doesn’t seem very honest. He left the Midwest to escape a romantic entanglement. He also remains silent when Tom breaks Myrtle’s nose. I think he’s only honest in the mot meaningful situations.

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