The Great Gatsby Quotations
1) “Gatsby turned out all right at the end, it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men” Importance: Although we don’t meet Gatsby until chapter 3, this quote allows us to know what Gatsby is like in chapter 1. Symbolism: “Foul dust” symbolizes the valley of ashes that is in between the east egg and west egg. The land symbolizes as a land that creates nothing but dust and death. Gatsby’s death was hollow and meaningless, and ends with his own death. Figurative Language: Juxtaposing is used in this quote, by contrasting that the two different eggs, are separated by a waste land, signifying that their two worlds are totally different.
2) “It takes two to make an accident”
Importance: This quote means that it takes two to cause something to go wrong. Jordan says this while driving. She believes that as long as someone else doesn’t do something that could cause an accident then nothing wrong could happen. Symbolism: This quote is very significant in the book because Daisy hits Myrtle while she is recklessly driving, Although Gatsby takes the blame because it is his car, and he loves her. Figurative Language: Foreshadowing is used in this. When Jordan says this it foreshadows on the accident of Daisy hitting Myrtle.
3) “Some time toward midnight Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face in impassioned voices whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy’s name. “Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson. “I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-“ Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand. Importance: The importance of this quote is showing how the richer class people think that being snobs makes them “fancy”. It shows how the era this book was set in was a time much different then ours. Symbolism: This shows how Tom is unworthy of Daisy and her love, no matter what his social status. It is also showing the darker side of the jazz era. Seeming Nick did not respond to Tom hitting myrtle this shows you his non-judgmental side to him. Figurative Language: Personification is used here when “Impassioned voices” is said, as well as “a short deft movement.”
4) “I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited—they went there.” Importance: The importance of this quote is that it is showing how society used Gatsby, they didn’t know him or particularly like him, but they felt more then happy, and welcome to party at his house. Even though he would throw a party for all of New York the East eggers wouldn’t accept him. This also shows the general corruption of the roaring 20’s. It also helps show that people wanted to escape from their empty lives. Symbolism: This quote helps show that for some reason Gatsby wanted to meet Nick, he wanted to make sure that Nick showed up. Which then helps you realize that Nick has a connection to someone or something that Gatsby wants. Which would be Daisy. Figurative Language: Foreshadowing is used. Because the fact that Gatsby invited Nick, and no one else shows that he wants to see him badly for some reason. Which is then explained later on in the book.
5) “A stout, middle-aged man, with enormous owl-eyed spectacles, was sitting somewhat drunk on the edge of a great table, staring with unsteady concentration at the shelves of books. As we entered he wheeled excitedly around and examined Jordan from head to foot. “What do you think?” he demanded impetuously.
He waved his hand towards the bookshelves
“About that. As a matter of fact you needn’t bother to ascertain. I ascertained they’re real.” “The books?”
“Absolutely read-they have pages and everything. I thought they’d be a nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact...
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