Great Gatsby Chapter 6 Study Guide

When dies James Gatz change his name? Why? Was warning people about rich people about a storm. When asked his name, he said Gatsby instead of Gatz. He wanted to sound like one of the crowd or possibly dissociate himself from his poor family.
What is Dan Cody’s role in Gatsby’s transformation? Took Gat. on his yacht as his personal assistant and introduced him into wealth and luxury
What is Daisy’s real response to the party, according to Nick? Daisy was “offended” by it “because it wasn’t a gesture but an emotion.”
What does Gatsby tell Nick he wants Daisy to do? He tells Nick he wants Daisy to leave Tom.
Plato held that reality was an imperfect reflection of an ideal, permanent realm. With this in mind, what would you say Nick means when he says that “Jay Gatsby sprang from his Platonic conception of himself?” Nick believed that Gatsby modeled himself on an idealized version of who Jay Gatsby really was.
How is the comparison of Gatsby with Christ (“he was a son of God… and he must be about his Father’s business”) ironic? If the comparison with Christ were to continue through the book, what would happen to Gatsby? Jesus was always about his Father’s business, and was always aware of what he was doing, always the right thing. Gatsby turned his back on his father, who knew nothing of his actions. Had he continued, he’d be disowned.
There is a time shift on page 107. How/why does Nick manipulate time in his narrative? Nick tells of a past event that happened to Gatsby, time being used to reflect Gatsby’s excitement.
Tom, Mr. Sloane, and a young lady visit Gatsby and the lady invites Gatsby to come to dinner with them. What does Gatsby’s response tell us about his social sensitivity? What connection, if any, do you think this scene might have with Gatsby’s love of Daisy? Gatsby isn’t the best reader of people or their intentions. He doesn’t get the hint, several, and it shows.
What is Gatsby’s view of the past? When Nick says that Gatsby “wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy,” what do you think he means? Gatsby wants everything to he has idealized since he and Daisy last parted. He wants the past to disappear. No Tom, no money, nothing. Just the two of them the way he thought it’d be.
At the end of the chapter, Nick describes Gatsby kissing Daisy in Louisville five years before. What is Gatsby giving up when he kisses her? Why? He is giving up the illusion, it was a good dream, but the girl he wants is only a memory.
What effect does the time shift on page 116 have on the reader’s concept of Gatsby? What is the tone of this passage? Nick is reflecting on when Gatsby first kissed Daisy. Gatsby is seen as happy and nervous, helplessly in love. It shows that Gatsby has a soft place in his heart for Daisy. The tone is bittersweet and loving.

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