The Great Gatsby Reading Journal

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The Great Gatsby Reading Journal

Chapters 1,2 and 3.
Nick Carraway
1. What new information did you discover about the character? What is the emotional state of that character in these chapters?

Nick Carraway, the narrator, is a young man who rents a humble property in West Egg, Long Island, New York, right next to the mysterious Jay Gatsby’s mansion. He He came to New York in 1922 to settle for a life in the bonds business – a type of debt security similar to the work of a loan sharks’.

Daisy Buchanam is Nick’s cousin and her husband, Tom Buchanan was in the same social circle as Nick when they were both enrolled in Yale. Nick seems to be fairly sure of himself and values himself as someone who is honest.

Through most of the writing it is hinted that Nick is from a wealthy family. He begins by commenting on himself, stating that he learned from his father to reserve judgment about other people, because if he holds them up to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them. He mentions that Gatsby is everything he hates, but disregards him from his normal judgement because Gatsby’s personality is nothing short of gorgeous.’

2. How do you feel about the character? Do you trust them? Explain.

I trust Nick Carraway with his judgement of people and his honesty to himself. He seems fairly unbiased and just, although he can be so unbiased he can let things unfold in front of him without seeming to care, for example, when Tom hit Myrtle. He simply left the scene rather than act on his thoughts. I feel that Nick is simply the viewer in most cases, providing a sort of clear lens to see the events unfolding through.

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3. Do you feel that Nick is a reliable narrator? What is influencing his perceptions / point of view?

I feel Nick has proven himself a reliable narrator, with simply his past and his father’s words as seen at the beginning of the book influences his perceptions and his moral code. He often limits what he says about people, solemn in his judgement and this helps to create our own perceptions on the characters rather than letting Nick do it for us.

4. Quote one section of the chapters that you feel is significant for understanding the character or sums up the character or the direction of the novel. Explain why you found this to be a significant passage in the text and include a page number.

My quote for summing up Nick Carraway is the quote
“But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.” – Chapter 3, Page 169

This quote was used to refer to his feelings towards Jordan Baker, but I also feel it could apply to many situations within Nick’s life. It could refer to his reservedness in many situations, and his upbringing that halts his desires to speak his mind.

5. What do you think will happen to the character in the next chapter?

I expect Nick to have more small meetings with Gatsby as well as meetings with Jordan Baker, along with more development between Daisy and Gatsby.

1. What do you expect to learn about them next?

I expect Nick and Jordan’s relationship to develop and hopefully something intimate happens. I think Gatsby will have an argument with Tom over Daisy.

Jay Gatsby

What new information did you discover about the character? What is the emotional state of that character in these chapters?

Jay Gatsby is seen as introverted but through progression I learned much, but a major theme of his personality is that he is very mysterious, his past being shrouded in anonymity. The guests to his house and his few friends all speculate and guess on his past, but not too many are really sure.

Jay Gatsby owns a house next to Nick Carraway, affectionately known as “old sport” by Gatsby. Gatsby’s home is considered a mansion in comparison to Nick’s, and is location for many of the random parties Gatsby throws, allowing anyone to participate, invited or not.

Nick first sees a glance of Gatsby as he...
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