Chapter Analyses

Topics: The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald Pages: 7 (2513 words) Published: August 23, 2013
Quinn P.
A.P. English
Chapter 1 Analysis
Many events opened up the book in chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby, indicating that this book would appeal to many in a sense that it could be easily connected to. A significant quote from chapter 1 is a thought from Nick explaining his family heritage. Nick says “The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we're descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather's brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to-day.” Most would see this as him describing his family heritage, but when read more in depth you realize that he is trying to illustrate that his family achieved the American Dream through persistence and hard work. He mentions “the Dukes of Buccleuch” to create his point that they sound like they come from a family who inherits the American Dream, but notifies the reader that his family achieved the American Dream by working towards it. As you read on you learn that Jay Gatsby inherited his wealth, giving Nick a bad perception of him due to the fact that Nick’s family has worked to achieve their wealth, yet to Gatsby the American Dream is just the pursuit of self pleasure. All in all, the quote relates well to the characters, but also to the theme that no matter how wealthy you are, you cannot buy yourself the happiness you can obtain through hard work towards the true American Dream.

Chapter 2 Analysis

In chapter 2 of The Great Gatsby, Nick engages into events with his removed cousin’s husband, Tom. Tom is an old friend of Nick who he met at Yale, but had not interacted with him since them. To Nick, Tom seems like the type of guy a woman in that era would not desire, yet he wants to be involved with him. One day, Tom decides to take Nick with him to see Myrtle only later does he begin to see the type of person he has spent his recent days with. Tom acts belligerent at the party, forthcoming to have the party come to a halt after breaking Myrtle’s nose because she insisted on repeating his wife’s name. In our current day, this type of person can be compared to the many men that are unfaithful to the person they are in a relationship with. What sets Tom apart from the men in our current day is that he later on figures out that Daisy is having an affair with Gatsby, which he feels is wrong even if he is also having an affair with another woman. Tom does not realize the damage he is causing to Daisy just as the people in our day don’t realize that they are affecting their partner even if they discontinue their involvement in the affair doesn’t mean that the damage can be removed because no matter what they say or do, their actions speak louder than their words, and in this situation the actions made by Tom are outrageous in a way that only Nick has perceived because Daisy does not have the will power to make a decision that he is not the right man she needs in her life, and that if she is having an affair it only makes the situation even worse. To conclude, Tom is a perfect example of many men in our modern day that make a decision that will never lead to true love in a relationship.

Quinn P.
A.P. English
Chapter 3 Analysis

A symbol in chapter 3 that has an appearance to reality circumstance involves the image of Gatsby’s parties and his mansion. The appearance side of the symbol is that his parties and mansions are his way to show others his extreme wealth. He uses both the parties and the mansion to create an image in people’s minds that he is a man who is living the American Dream only to leave them curious about the person who throws these extravagant parties, and who has this expensive house. The reality side of the situation is that although he is wealthy, this does not mean that people respect him for that. He only invites certain people to his parties, yet always ends up having...
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