“He had come along way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. “
Page 180 Chapter 9
What does Nick mean by ‘he could hardly fail to grasp it.’?
Maybe he means that Gatsby’s death was because of his personality. The way he acted, lied, etc about his life essentially killed him.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
“It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw WIlson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.” Page 162 Chapter 8
First of all, this scene is different from the movie. In the movie, Wilson shot Gatsby by the pool and then shot himself by the pool as well. He wasn’t in the grass he was on the poolside.
Second, I think this quotation means that Wilson in a sense got his “revenge” on the man who supposedly killed his wife. However, Wilson didn’t know it wasn’t Gatsby who killed his wife. Do you think that if Wilson had known Daisy killed his wife that he would’ve gone after her instead of Gatsby?
Third, I think that the line “and the holocaust was complete” means that Wilson killed the person responsible for the death of his wife.
“...the giant eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg…” Page 124 Chapter 7
Throughout the book we see Fitzgerald reference the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. I think that these could represent, from a religious view, the eyes of God. He’s always watching us.
“She’s not leaving me!” … “I won’t stand this!” cried Daisy. Page 133 Chapter 7
Daisy seems like she can’t decide between Tom and Gatsby. I feel like Daisy is giving Gatsby mixed signals. She wants to be with Gatsby, but in a way she wants to stay faithful to Tom.
“The God damned coward!” he whimpered. “He didn’t even stop his car.”
Page 141 Chapter 7
We know that it was Daisy who was driving the car the night Myrtle was killed. Why didn’t Daisy stop the car after she hit Myrtle? You would think that maybe Gatsby would’ve stopped the car or gone back to make sure that Myrtle was ok.
Friday, March 24, 2017
“James Gatz—that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen” pg 98
Why did Gatsby change his name?
“pulled out to the Tuolomee” pg 98
What is a Tuolomee? It sounds French.
“For over a year he had been beating his way along the south shore of Lake Superior as a clam-digger and a salmon-fisher…” pg 98
Is this how Gatsby got so rich/wealthy?
“And it was from Cody that he inherited money—a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars. He didn’t get it. He never understood the legal device that was used against him, but what remained of the millions went intact to Ella Kaye.” pg 100
Why did Gatsby not get the 25,000?
Friday, March 17, 2017
“ ‘My family all died and I came into a good deal of money.’ “
Chapter 4, page 65
How did the Gatsbys become so wealthy?
“ ‘He’s a bootlegger,’ said the young ladies…”
Chapter 4, page 61
What does this mean?
“I’m going to make a big request of you to-day?”
Chapter 4, page 67
Why did the author separate today?
“With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter.”
Chapter 4, page 66
What does incredulous mean?
The pages with all the names on it
What is the significance of those names?
“…had gradually faded and he had become simply the proprietor…”
Chapter 4, page 64
What does/is a proprietor?
“…and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields.”
Chapter 4, page 64
What does labyrinth mean?
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
“This is a valley of ashes--a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.” Chapter 2, page 23
Is the Valley of Ashes a real place? Or is it just a place figuratively?
“Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crêpe-de-chine…”
Chapter 2, page 25
What is crêpe-de-chine? Is it a type of clothing that people wear?
Mr. and Mrs. McKee
I’m kind of confused on who the McKees are.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
“On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors d’oeuvre…”
Chapter 3, page 40
What is hors d’œuvre? Is it a food?
“...and there is a burst of chatter as the erroneous news goes around…”
Chapter 3, page 41
What does erroneous mean?
”...we sat down at a table with the two girls in yellow and three men, each one introduced to us as Mr. Mumble.”
Chapter 3, page 43
I'm confused on this line.
“...a persistent undergraduate given to Cullen innuendo…”
Chapter 3, page 44
what does innuendo mean?
“...but Gatsby was not there.”
Chapter 3, page 45
Why is Gatsby not at his own party? He’s nowhere to be found.
“...suddenly above the echolalia of the garden.”
Chapter 3, page 49
What is an echolalia?