Nick so far seems to be intelligent and collected, leading me to believe he will flow cleanly through the mud that the plot might throw at him. He should make for an interesting narrator. 5. What images does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean?
He describes her with a raised chin, as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall. I believe he uses this description to indicate
6. How does Nick react to Jordan?
He is stunned by her apparent self-sufficiency
7. What does Tom’s behavior reveal about his character?
Tom comes off as arrogantly self-satisfied, fooling himself in the belief of his pseudo-intellectuality. He is virulently racist and cares only for himself.
8. Why does Fitzgerald keep focusing the quality of Daisy’s voice?
Because it highlights her character. She draws attention to herself in order to distract her thoughts from the situation at hand.
9. What is Fitzgerald’s message about elite society that is apparent in Tom’s actions? (Commenting on values held by super rich)
Fitzgerald is highlighting the poverty of wealth. This is an underlying theme throughout the novel. He is trying to show the reader that the certainty of status that wealth brings is a fallacy held only by those who entertain such thoughts.
10. Why does Daisy believe it is better for a woman to be ignorant?
Daisy feels this way as a result of her experiences. In order to protect herself from her husbands infidelity, she believes it is better for a woman to be ignorant, “a beautiful little fool”.
11. How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the novel?
He describes himself as non judgmental, and therefore privy to the secret grieves and unsought confidence of many different people. He is the type of person who others naturally attach to and whom they feel secure in sharing things with. 12. How does Nick describe Tom Buchanan?
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