Evaluation of the Great Gatsby

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Karishma Nayak January 3, 2012
Ms. GiorgioAP English
The Great Gatsby Winter Break Assignment
Chapter 5
1) Gatsby’s actions in preparing for Daisy’s arrival seem both flamboyant and absurd. What does he do? Why? * Gatsby prepares for Daisy’s arrival by sending a man to mow Nick’s lawn, buys an innumerable amount of flowers, gets twelve lemon cakes and Gatsby himself arrives in a “white flannel suit, sliver shirt, and gold-colored tie.” Gatsby does all of this in order to impress Daisy, after not seeing her for five years; he wants to show her that he is able to offer Daisy more than ever before and more than her husband Tom every could. 2) Discuss Gatsby’s actions once Daisy arrives. How do we know he is nervous? How does he try to impress her? * Once Daisy arrives, Gatsby is nervous, shy and terrified. Initially Gatsby believes this whole idea to be terribly but Nick convinces him otherwise and to stop acting like a child. We know he is nervous since Gatsby while at the door was “pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets” and when he says to Nick “This is a terrible mistake.” Eventually, as the chapter progresses, Gatsby becomes confident and no longer nervous. Gatsby tries impressing Daisy by giving Daisy a tour of his house, taking her into “the Mertons College Library”, “through the period bedrooms swathed in rose and lavender silk and vivid with new flowers” and also shows Daisy his beautiful shirts he has sent to him from a man in England. Gatsby also has Mr. Klipspringer play the piano for them as they sit on the couch. 3) Toward the end of the chapter, Nick attempts to explain “the expression of bewilderment that had come back into Gatsby’s face.” What explanation does Nick give? Why, in his opinion is Daisy not at fault? * Nick says the reason for this “expression of bewilderment” that has come back to Gatsby’s face is due to the fact that the quality of his happiness presently has some doubt to it. As if his expectations over the past 5 years, in his dreams, may have been too high, therefore there is some slight disappointment because he was expecting something more. Nick does not blame Daisy for this because it is Gatsby’s own personal illusion of how the situation would turn out, is beyond Daisy or anyone else’s control. Gatsby put so much passion, time and detail into all of this; no one could live up to or surpass that type of expectation, especially when it has been considered for 5 years. 4) Describe Daisy’s reaction during the course of her meeting with Gatsby. * Throughout the meeting with Gatsby, Daisy remained relatively calm, but she was also pleasantly surprised and very happy. Eventually, Daisy did reach a point of tears twice; she was so filled up with joy about seeing Gatsby after so long. 5) Has Nick been affected by the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy? I what way? * Nick has been affected by their meeting because now he is one more person that is aware of the feelings Gatsby and Daisy share for each other. Having this knowledge, he will most likely be obligated to keep this affair secret and hidden from Daisy’s husband Tom, and anyone else who could jeopardize Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship. Although Nick may actually feel happy for Daisy, this situation overall impacts him negatively.

Chapter 6
1) What was Gatsby’s real name? Why and when had he changed it? * Gatsby’s real name was James Gatz. Gatsby changed his name when he was seventeen because he had witnessed Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the flat of a Lake and kill him. 2) In what way was Dan Cody involved in Gatsby’s destiny? * Dan Cody was involved in Gatsby’s destiny in that, it was what happened to Cody that led Gatsby to no longer drink liquor, and it was from Cody that Gatsby inherited money, a legacy of $25,000. 3) Why does...
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