humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect.
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Most of the confidences were unsought… or a hostile levity
when I realized by some
by which he treated the subject seemed disposed with a misplaced gaiety that emulated some sort of defense, or lack thereof.
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
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Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious
Doomed by the burden of his condition, Felip loathed those who talked to him in a frivolous manner with the stain of
thought on the tip of their tongue.
; (typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome. Sentence from the Novel:
His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness
Their father was possessed with a
, making him frightfully incapable of raising
● Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘all right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
● Daisy, even in her name, is sought after like a decoration. She is a flower that is fun to look at and great to put on display. She is almost inhuman. In her many years of being enslaved by the apathy of her own society, she has desensitized herself to the feelings of others and completely lacks any ability to empathize. That’s why she and Tom are able to flee so easily after the death of Myrtle.
● East v. West Egg
Nick describes the novel as a book about Westerners, a "story of the West." Tom, Daisy, Jordan, Gatsby, and Nick all hail from places other than the East. The romanticized American idea of going West to seek and make one's fortune on the frontier turned on its ear
in this novel, but now those seeking their fortune headed back East to cash in. But while Gatsby suggests there was a kind of honor in the hard work of making a fortune and building a life on the frontier, the quest for money in the East is nothing more than that: a hollow quest for money. Once again the West is the frontier of people making their fortunes, but these "Westerners" are as hollow and corrupt inside as the "Easterners", similar to the hollowness of an egg when the yolk is removed, hence East Egg and West Egg.
Question to Consider:
The novel is told by the narrator, Nick Carraway, who is connected to each of the characters in some way but not necessarily directly involved with the characters and their mishappenings. The narrator lacks reliability because he does not adhere to his claims of character. He says that he had only been drunk twice in his life, yet, for most of the novel he is drinking or surrounded by others drinking alcohol. “I have been drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon; so everything that happened has a dim, hazy cast over it, although until after eight o’clock the apartment was full of cheerful sun.” Nick is a fundamentally untrustworthy man, blinded by his admiration of wealth and glamor, and his own failed attempts to access the world of the rich and famous
; sharing a common border; touching
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