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  1. Nick the Narrator

    He supports his words with his actions as a narrator, as well as his role as a character in the story. As the narrator, he was moral with himself. One example being, Nick admitting to himself that Jordan was not only deceitful, but selfish and cynical as well, but he loved her regardless. As the novel's main character, he was the only one that did not feel the need to mislead other people. All of the other characters used an impressive, unreal disguise in order to attract people and make a good first impression.

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  2. In the novel The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses colours to emphasize different aspects of life or the personalities of characters.

    "'It was a yellow car,' he said, 'big yellow car. New'" (p. 133). She believes Tom Buchanan is in the car because she sees him driving the yellow car in the past. Daisy hits Myrtle, and without stopping to look what she did, she drives away. The same yellow car leads to Gatsby's death because George Wilson figures out who owns the car by inquiring about it. "He announced that he had a way of finding out whom the yellow car belonged to" (p.

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  3. Gatsby turned out all right in the end. Paying close attention to language and technique, explain to what extent does Nicks narrative lead you to agree with this judgement

    Gatsby also symbolises the Romanticism that Nick was striving towards, and so, in order to create an objective view of Gatsby, we need to try to filter out Nick?s bias. Gatsby in this novel seems to be the embodiment of the American dream and has the remarkable ability to dream and ?[an] extraordinary gift for hope?. Gatsby manages to transcend class boundaries by coming from a poor ?clam-digger and a salmon-fisher? to obtain great wealth and success, but he has to completely reinvent himself.

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  4. Daisy describes Tom Buchanan as a brute. To what extent does your reading of the novel lead you to agree with this view?

    Tom Buchannan inherited his wealth and because of this he feels like he is better than everybody else. His wealth and sense of superiority makes him ?careless? and uncaring. Tom shows a disregard for money which lets him dominate the lower classes. When buying Myrtle?s dog, he insults the salesman by implying that the dog is overpriced while at the same time showing that he?s so rich that it doesn?t matter, ?Here?s your money. Go and buy ten more dogs?. Tom also enjoys the power that he has over Mr Wilson as he promised to sell George a car, although he seems to have no intention of doing this as he puts him off until ?next week?.

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  5. In what ways do you find the opening to The Great Gatsby effective?

    We are introduced to Nick, a highly moral and open minded man who moves East beacause his experiences in the War have broadened his perspectives and he couldn?t settle in the West and he joins the bond business in order to make money. We are also introduced to Tom Buchanan, a selfish and arrogant and ridiculously wealthy man who is married to Daisy. At Yale, Tom was ?one of the most powerful ends that ever played football? but his sporting success at college makes everything else feel like an ?anti-climax?.

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  6. The Great Gatsby. Write about the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 8

    The narrator Nick Carraway is ?half-sick between grotesque reality and savage, frightening dreams?; here Fitzgerald could be hinting to the audience that Gatsby?s dream to be with Daisy will have an ominous end, or ?frightening? consequences no matter how beautiful it is. Describing his dreams as ?savage? suggests violence, barbaric acts and wildness, which reinforces the idea of danger. Nick feels he has ?something to warn [Gatsby] about?, foreshadowing a threat or even death, suggesting his dream and protecting Daisy will only end in appalling circumstances.

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  7. How does Fitzgerald justify his description of Gatsby as Great?

    Fitzgerald also conveys the vitality of Gatsby throughout the novel like on page 72/73 when Gatsby meets Daisy for the first time after he came back from the war. After being left alone with Daisy for a short period of time Gatsby is described as ?literally glowing? and ?radiating?; Fitzgerald uses both these words to show how Gatsby was suddenly full of energy. His colossal vitality is also shown on p40 with his smile. Gatsby?s smile is described as having a ?quality of eternal reassurance in it,? Gatsby has the unique ability to cheer up everyone around him with such a small gesture as a smile.

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  8. Quiz about The Great Gatsby. Who is The Great Gatsby narrated by?

    Describe Tom Buchanan. How old is he? What was he famous for at college? How do you know that he is a racist? Tom Buchanan is 30 years old and he?s a former Yale football player who comes from an immensely wealthy Midwestern family. His racism and sexism are symptomatic of his deep insecurity about his elevated social position. He tried to interest others in a book called ?The Rise of the Coloured Empires?. 1. Where did Nick first meet Tom?

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  9. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the clear depiction of Gatsby fighting against the currents to survive in an unfamiliar aristocratic society, is placed in the readers head,

    Once something is in the past there is no retrieving or recreating what already once happened, there will always be a difference. When Gatsby was an adolescent he knew even then that he did not want to grow to be a farmer, he wanted to be someone greater than that. He even had a list of events that he was supposed to do every day, to make sure he stayed on track so that he would reach his dream of wealth.

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  10. How is Gatsby presented to the reader in Chapter 4 in the novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The speculative rumours at the start of the chapter serve to remind the reader that no one knows anything for sure about Gatsby. Nick then proceeds to list the names of people who visited Gatsby?s party one summer. The list conveys the scope of Gatsby?s eminence with the rich folk of East and West Egg. Furthermore, it shows the reader the type of people Gatsby attracts. The inclusion of people such as Doctor Civet ?who was drowned last summer up in Maine? and Earl Muldoon whose ?brother strangled his wife? and Palmetto ?who killed himself by jumping in front of

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  11. How does Fitzgerald make you feel sympathetic towards Gatsby?

    Which by the end of the novel, in hindsight, makes you want to cry for Gatsby?s character, and the ?destruction? of his life by his own self-consuming love for Daisy. Another key thread in Gatsby?s past is his history with Daisy, and the circumstances to which he lost her. A more detailed view of Gatsby?s past relationship with Daisy is first revealed with Jordan?s narrative. Gatsby is described as a soldier, sitting with Daisy, looking at Daisy ?in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime?, this, to me anyway, shows Gatsby as a tender and affectionate man, this detail becomes key, which i will come to next.

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  12. Repeating the past in The Great Gatsby

    When Gatsby comes back into Daisy's life he tries to return to the past. At the same time Tom is trying to deny the past and hold on to his present life with Daisy. When Nick tells him that he "can't repeat the past" he says "Of course you can". Unfortunately for him it's not that simple. His eventual downfall occurs because he cannot accept the fact that Daisy's present relationship will be a part of any future relationship they might have.

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  13. Notes on "The Great Gatsby" Chapters 4,5,6 and 7

    When tom was introduced to Gatsby by Nick, gatsby was embarrased because he still loved Daisy. In the past, Gatsby was with Daisy, they had a romance. But Gatsby had to go to war and when Daisy wanted to said him good bye she couldnt. So Daisy married tom because she was looking for love desesperately. The day before getting married Daisy got drunked because she was not happy because she had received a letter from Gatsby. Gatsby bought that house because he wanted to have Daisy just across the bay.

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  14. Write about the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby..

    But there wasn?t a sound.? The long sentence structure contrasts the shorter sentence that follows it. This consequently implies a tense sentiment amongst the characters, which further enforces the tension that Fitzgerald seems to create within this chapter. These long sentences enhance the feeling of excess and extravagance that continuously appears within the novel. The use of commas creates this extravagance and alternate lifestyle. Yet it is also true to say that the commas used add a disjointed feeling to the chapter and particularly emphasize the misplaced feeling which is clearly evident in many of the characters.

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  15. Discuss the themes (ideas) in 'the Great Gatsby' and the means by which Fitzgerald conveys them.

    In 'the Great Gatsby' hoards of people flock to New York City seeking stock market fortunes which they promtly lost during the 1929 wall street crash which helped trigger world war 2. In the novel Fitzgerald portrays the accumilation of wealth as a matter of just getting rich and no longer a vison of building a new and better life in the new world. This is shown in daisy buchanan as although daisy loves Gatsby she is not willing to leave tom as although living with Gatsby is her dream she values the money and social security of tom over true love.

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  16. Context Essay for The Great Gatsby (Start of Chapter 3)

    The scale of Gatsby?s parties also flaunts his wealth. At the party in this extract the band is described as ?no thin five-piece affair? but a very large, extravagant exhibition and the salads are in opulent ?harlequin designs?. We know that Gatsby is flaunting his wealth to impress Daisy to try and prove to her that he is just as good as Tom. After we have seen all these examples of Gatsby?s wealth we are surprised when we find out later in the novel that Gatsby started out with next to no money as Jay Gatz.

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  17. Researching the times during which "The Great Gatsby" is set.

    In 1918, the House passed the 19th amendment, which gave women full voting rights. the Senate approved the amendment in 1919. in 1920, the states ratified it. 4)The Roaring Twenties: List three changes that ocurred in 1922. Pope Benedict XV dies. American actor William Desmond Taylor is murdered. Five Power Naval Disarmament Treaty signed between United States,Britain,Japan, France, and Italy. 5)18th Amendment: What exactly does the 18th Amendment prohibit? 18th amendment It prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. 6)Prohibition: What are three major elements of Prohibition? What were the final results of prohibition?

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