Gatsby Dialectical Journal

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The supercilious assumption that on a Sunday afternoon I had nothing better to do (pg24)

It seems to me that the narrator is rather annoyed about the assumption that he has nothing to do.

It gives a bit of insight into the narrator’s and Tom’s personality.

Knowing more about how characters think and respond to each other is crucial and this tells a bit of that. (words:51)

“I want to see you” said Tom intently. “Get on the next train.” (pg26)

Tom seems to be in control of the relationship with his mistress and is rather assertive.

The mistress is rather submissive to Tom and obeys his ‘requests’.

Tom will be a major character even is his mistress is not knowing how they interact will develop Tom’s character more. (words:48)

Either it was terrible stuff or the whiskey distorted things, because it didn’t make any sense to me. (pg29)

This part made me laugh I found it quite entertaining.

The party members are starting to get drunk at this point. Seems that Tom’s way of getting away from responsibility is to get a mistress and get drunk.

This is primarily a humorous quote but does tell how the gathering is going. (words:52)

Catherine: “It’s really his wife that keeping them apart. She’s Catholic and they don’t believe in divorce. (pg33)

I think that there is a bit of false information going around about Tom’s wife.

Tom is probably the one who spread this lie to make his cheating seem more justified and to give his mistress the belief that they will be married eventually.

More information about the relationship between Tom and his wife. (words:54)

At least once a fortnight a crop of caterers came down, … (pg40)

It seems that Gatsby has quite a few large parties.

Caterers coming once a fortnight is quite often, especially for large parties. This would be quite expensive and thus Gatsby must be quite rich to be able to afford this.

Gives a preliminary image of Gatsby and his financial situation. (words:50)

Girl in yellow: “Somebody told me he killed a man once.” (pg44)

I think that this is rather obvious because he was in the military in WWI yes he probably killed someone.

There are quite a few rumors about Gatsby even at his own party which probably means he doesn’t announce(?) his presence.

Tells about the general opinion of Gatsby and the air of mystery around him. (words:55)

Drunk in library: “About that you needn’t bother to ascertain. I’ve ascertained. They’re real.” (pg45)

I found this part humorous and rather confusing.

If there are people this drunk at a party the party is pretty hardcore. Gatsby’s parties attract these kind of guests leading to the assumption that there is a lot of alcohol going around.

This tells about the level and type of parties Gatsby throws and thus a bit about Gatsby. (words:59)

I had taken two finger bowls of champaign, and the scene had changed into something significant, elemental, and profound. (pg47)

Again this is a humorous chapter more dry humour.

This more evidence that Gatsby parties are filled with alcohol and that our narrator doesn’t have an aversion to alcohol.

Our narrator is now being described by showing that he does not have an aversion to getting drunk and that he tends toward being happy in how he responds to the alcohol. (words:61)

And with this doubt his statement fell to pieces, … (pg 65)

I think that the narrator is having some doubts about the honesty of Gatsby.

Gatsby’s reputation is such that the narrator has no trouble contemplating the possibility that Gatsby is lying.

This is important because it shows that the main character is not completely trusting and that the rumors about Gatsby are somewhat believable. (words:54)

Then it was all true. (pg67)

Seems that Gatsby was more honest then the narrator thought.

The fact that he now believes it means that he did not before. Gatsby is a more honest person then the narrator thought....
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