Gatsby chapter 6 questions

1. In the rst few pages of this chapter, we learn about Gatsby’s background. When did James Gatz change his name to Jay Gatsby? Why did he leave college after just two weeks? He changed his name when he was 17. He was frustrated that the people there didn’t immediately recognize his greatness and he felt the janitor work-study job he was given was beneath him.
2. Nick says, “So he [Gatsby] invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likelyto invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.” For James Gatz, what does he expect the future Jay Gatsby’s life will be like? Speci cally, at night, what sets James’ heart “in a constant, turbulent” riot? His new life will be lled with every luxury. All of his dreams will come true. His desires for bigger, more gaudy displays of wealth. As a young man, he gures glitz and bling are true symbols of wealth. He has a young, North Dakota sense of what an elite wealthy life would be like; the bigger/the gaudier, the better, he thinks.
3. To young Gatz, what does Dan Cody’s yacht represent? The yacht represents all of the beauty and glamour in the world.
4. Why does Gatsby not get the $25,000 left to him in Cody’s will? What lesson did young Gatsby likely learn from this incident? Through legal wranglings that Gatsby does not understand, Ella Kaye is able to make sure Gatsby doesn’t get the money. He learned that he couldn’t rely on wealth to be given to him; he would have to earn it himself.
5. After crossing paths with Gatsby, Tom says, “I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me.” What’s interesting (and hypocritical) about this line? Obviously, Tom is a hypocrite because he’s done plenty of running around himself and he’s attracted to women, like Myrtle, who are exactly the kind of women he’s talking about here.
6. What is Daisy’s opinion of Gatsby’s party? She pretends to like it, but she doesn’t really. The people are loud, drunk, and obnoxious. Although the party is ritzy and luxurious, there’s really nothing classy about it.
7. While the reader can have easily predicted Daisy and Tom’s reactions to his party, Gatsby cannot. Why not? He doesn’t understand what is truly appealing to the elite class. He still operates under that vision of wealth/luxury that he conjured for himself when he was 17. His vision of having “made it” is the new money vision of success (grand, opulent, over-the-top), but the old money ways are far more understated and re ned.
8. What is Nick’s view of repeating the past, and what is Gatsby’s opinion? Why is Gatsby’s opinion unrealistic? Nick says you can’t repeat the past, that you must move on. Gatsby disagrees; he’s determined to repeat the past and wants to pick up with Daisy right where they left off ve years ago. Obviously, people change and life’s circumstances change. Daisy isn’t the same girl she was back in Louisville. Now, she has a daughter and a complicated marriage with Tom. You really can’t go back again.

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