Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in chapter 6. Fitzgerald uses Nick to introduce Gatsby’s past as “James Gatz" and his evolution into “Jay Gatsby”. Nick narrates entire the story retrospectively, resulting in the narration of Gatsby’s evolution containing a greater amount of Nick’s interpretations of Gatsby’s past, along side factuality. This is especially prominent as Nick describes Gatsby telling him “…all this very much later, but I’ve put it down here with the idea of exploding those first wild rumours about his antecedents…”[page 107].
Nick is shown to hold Gatsby in high esteem, through his refusal to acknowledge the more illicit side of Gatsby when he answers to rumours of Gatsby “bootlegging” by “‘Not Gatsby,’ I said shortly.” [page 115] As shown in previous chapters, Nick is a fairly easygoing man, who is often calm and observers more of the activities than he takes part in. This short, sharp reply indicates Nicks venerated friendship with Gatsby verges on devotion as he cannot accept that Gatsby is not a wholly good man. Nick also makes sure to comment on Gatsby’s attempt at an honest career of “janitor’s work” [page 105] to pay for collage, and the single sentence of “he didn’t get it” [page 107] (in reference to the inheritance from Dan Cody). This sentence particularly stands out as it is unusually short, and evokes the readers sympathy for Gatsby’s situation.
Chapter six is not told in chronological order, as Nick admits that the tale of Gatsby’s past before the party, yet Gatsby “…told me all this very much later”. Fitzgerald decision to show the reader Gatsby’s unsuccessful past a labourer immediately before a lavish party throws the reader, and clearly shows the contrast between “James Gatz” and Jay Gatsby”.
The majority of activity in chapter six is set at Gatsby’s house, both in daytime when Tom Buchanan visits, and at night, during another lavish party. Gatsby regularly acts in ways which surprise Nick, who...
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