Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 9

1. Mr. Gatz compares his son, Jay Gatsby, to James J. Hill. Explain the significance of this allusion. James J. Hill was building the country, Gatsby was building a business.
2. Explain the analogy that compares drivers with relationships. A good driver will help a bad driver. But if they are both bad drivers then nothing will get fixed. Same thing with relationships. Same weaknesses cannot build.
3. Summarize and analyze the final message of the epilogue. 
4. From what viewpoint is The Great Gatsby told? What do you think is Fitzgerald’s purpose in this choice? It was told from Nick. The purpose of this choice was to give the most in-depth, but hopefully least biased story. Nick is newly friends with Gatsby, and cousins with Daisy. He has known Tom and is dating Jordan, he's connected to everyone.
5. What events constitute the rising action, climax, and falling action? Rising action is when Gatsby and Daisy reunite, climax is Myrtle's death, and falling action is Gatsby's death

Gatsby Chapter 8

1. How is the tone set for chapter eight?  The tone is set basically how Gatsby is trying to cling on to what Daisy used to be to him and the relationship they had
2. Interpret the following simile: “Jay Gatsby had broken up like glass against Tom’s hard malice…” I think this is saying that Gatsby is so fragile to this situation because he has gone through so much to get Daisy and it is not working. Tom is supposed to be this hard athlete that is lacking sentiment. When glass hits concrete, glass breaks.
3. What motif reappears in chapter eight? What meaning is attributed to it? The motif is Dr. Eckelburg's eyes and how he is watching over them like God.
4. Analyze the technique that Fitzgerald uses to indicate that Gatsby is no longer living in a dream and to foreshadow who his killer may be. Gatsby realizes that he is not going to get the call he wants from Daisy, realizing that his dream of being with her will be over. He sees an ashy figure- Wilson.
5. Cite examples of the motif that nature reflects life. Gatsby's funeral is dark and gloomy. It rains when he meets Daisy, which could be a sign that it won't be as good as before. It is hot like an underworld when Gatsby reveals everything to Tom, which is when he reaches his lowest low.

Gatsby Chapter 7

1. What allusion does Trimalchio represent? He represents power and wealth.
2. What is the meaning of Gatsby’s statement to Tom, “I’m right across from you”? I think he's trying to show that he is wealthy now so he can compete for Daisy, and that he is fair competition.
3. Interpret the metaphor “Her voice is full of money”. I think it is trying to demonstrate how everything about Daisy represents wealth.
4. Identify the oxymorons that describe the expressions that pass by Gatsby’s face. Explain their importance. 
5. What does Fitzgerald convey to the reader by choosing the word “conspiring” in the description of Tom and Daisy in their kitchen?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 6

Chapter Six 
1. In what sense does this chapter epitomize the American dream? This chapter demonstrates how a poor kid that had nothing go his way through lineage, worked hard and became wealthy through that hard work.
2. What purpose does the following biblical allusion: “He was a son of God…and he must be about His Father’s business” serve? I think that what he is saying is Jesus was amazing and created wine from water, and Gatsby created a fortune from nothing 
3. What does the word choice “menagerie” help Fitzgerald convey? I don't really know what this question means...
4. Explain Gatsby’s expectations of Daisy. Are they realistic? He thinks that Daisy is this perfect person without flaws in any way. Not necessarily realistic
5. Nick narrates the event of Daisy’s and Gatsby’s first kiss. He says that Gatsby knew that, after kissing Daisy, “…his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.” What does this mean? I think that he is saying that he will never go for any other girls and stay with Daisy

Gatsby Chapter 5

Chapter Five 
1. When Nick comes home to West Egg that night, what does he find unusual? How does this description contribute to the mood? Nick comes home to thinking his house is on fire, but really it's just Gatsby's lights in his house are all on. It portrayed the mood of how Gatsby was all awake at night and how he wanted to do so many things with Nick, when Nick was all tired. It is because he is so nervous to see Daisy.
2. Throughout chapter five, how does Fitzgerald use weather to reinforce the mood? The mood is reinforced by weather because when Gatsby is nervous, it is raining very hard, but when he finally gets comfortable with Daisy again, the weather is nice.
3. Explain how the ambiguous metaphor about Daisy’s voice is appropriate. I think the metaphor of artificial works here because of in a way how artificial Gatsby made Daisy out to be, she might not be acting how she normally would.
4. How does Fitzgerald show the changes in Gatsby? He shows changes in Gatsby by changing the way around him, mostly with weather I've noticed. Also time of day
5. What literary purpose does the broken clock serve? It demonstrated how time has changed since the last time Gatsby and Daisy were together. The time is different and they are different.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gatsby Chapter 4

Chapter Four


  1. How does Fitzgerald’s use of names further the motif of geography? 
    1. Maybe it furthers the motif because so many people came from outside the Eggs, and they are partyers, but the one person from East Egg came only once
  2. What symbol does Fitzgerald use as the outward manifestation of Gatsby’s wealth? What theme does this reinforce? 
    1. Fitzgerald writes about how Gatsby wants Nick to have Daisy over so she could look over and see Gatsby's mansion. This reinforces the theme of wealth being power. 
  3. Analyze the techniques used to develop the character of Wolfsheim. 
    1. They were very detailed, going all the way into the hairs of his nose. The way he is described seemed almost like an insult.
  4. Interpret the metaphor “He [Gatsby] came alive to me [Nick], delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.” 
    1. This is saying that Gatsby was just a story to Nick before told by people that don't know him, and now he really knows who Gatsby actually is
  5. What overall purpose do the three events in chapter four accomplish?
    1. 3 Events:
      1. Nick hearing Gatsby's story: Shows that Gatsby is truly amazing, and has accomplished a lot to get to where he's at
      2. Nick meeting Wolfsheim: Introduces the idea from Gatsby knowing a gambler that Gatsby's money might not be honest
      3. Jordan telling Nick about Daisy: Finds out that there is some sort of a love triangle connecting Gatsby to yet another part of Nick's life

Gatsby Chapter 3

Chapter Three

  1. Why is it that Fitzgerald waits until chapter three to introduce Gatsby? 
    1. I think that Fitzgerald waited so we could kind of develop our own opinions from people's stories, his big house, his fancy cars, and his lavish life. Maybe he wanted us to be surprised that he's a young guy, and a humble one.
  2. There are at least two examples of a polysyndeton in chapter three. Identify one of them, and explain what it contributes to the impact of the chapter.
    1. I found one on page 46 and it was talking about the extravagance of the party. I feel like it was necessary to state it the way he did was to emphasize how fast all of these things caught his eye, like the party was so crazy and so many things were happening at once
  3. Explain the symbolism of the following simile, “…at intervals she appeared suddenly at his side like an angry diamond, and hissed: ‘You promised!’ into his ear.” 
    1. The angry diamond is someone's wife, and she's called a diamond because she might be pretty on the outside, but she really is tough and hard.
  4. In the final paragraph on page 55, how does the viewpoint change? How is this accomplished? What is the purpose? 
    1.  The viewpoint changes from story to kind of a break for narration... kind of like a 4th wall break. This is by Nick taking a break to explain something to the reader to kind of help with confusion. The purpose is to show that Nick is "writing" this book.
  5. How does the motif of geography in the novel help shape its themes and characters?
    1. I think the geography kind of splits people up into 3 categories. The Egg livers are extravagant, wealthy, and polite. The Valley people are poor, trashy, and kind of simple/uneducated hard workers. The city are just people who party all of the time, the outgoing ones.