The Great Gastby

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Chapter 7

1. Look up Trimalchio and decide whether that is an appropriate comparison for Gatsby.

Trimalchio was the protagonist in Satyricon, by Petronius. He was a freedman who gained prestige and power through sheer tenacity and hard work. Once he attained his wealth, he enjoyed throwing lavish parties that were meant to impress his variety of guests. The comparison of Gatsby and Trimalchio is obvious. Both were newly rich, and trying to get the right attention. Fitzgerald's early version of Gatsby was actually titled "Trimalchio in West Egg".

2. What has changed at Gatsby’s house? Why?

Gatsby’s house becomes much quieter, and his parties come to an end because he no longer needed them to attract Daisy.

3. In chapter 1, Daisy and Jordan are lying on a couch. Find and compare the passage that this section repeats.

4. How do Gatsby and Daisy behave together? In the absence of Tom? With Tom around?

While Tom is out of the room, Daisy kisses Gatsby on the lips and says she loves him. When Tom is around, Gatsby stares at Daisy with obvious passion and Daisy recklessly remarks, within earshot of Tom, that she loves Gatsby.

5. When is it that Tom realizes Daisy is in love with Gatsby? Why?

After Daisy suggests they go to town, Tom witnesses a soft glance that passes between Daisy and Gatsby and can no longer deny the two of them are having an affair.

6. How does Gatsby characterize Daisy’s voice? What does that mean? How does that make sense to Nick?

Gatsby says that her voice is “full of money” (-__-). For Gatsby, Daisy represents the wealth and elegance for which he has yearned all his life. It also shows that while Gatsby hesitates frequently, thinking before he speaks around these people because he was never really part of their world, Daisy, on the other hand, is free to do and say what she wishes, without worry, because she is so accustomed to living in this world. Nick realized that was the...
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