Great Gatsby Chapter 8 Study Guide

What does Gatsby tell Nick the night of the accident? Why? He tells about when he first met Daisy. He does this even though it patently gives the life to his earlier account of his past.
Did Gatsby want to go to Oxford? No. He wanted to go back to Daisy. He was sent there by accident.
How does George Wilson spend the night after the accident? He had an emotional breakdown, then went to find the owner of the car and plot his revenge.
What evidence had Wilson found that his wife was having an affair? A dog leash. He knew they didn’t have a dog so something was up.
What would you say is the principal reason for Daisy’s appeal to Gatsby? Aside from Daisy’s beauty, Gatsby is in love with the idea of Daisy rather than Daisy herself
How is Nick’s attitude toward Gatsby ambivalent even at the moment when he says goodbye to him? Gatsby is lost in his fantasy. He is lost in the illusion that Daisy will come back to him and they will live a meaningful life.
What do the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg symbolize to George Wilson? What is significant about this symbol? George sees them as the Eyes of God. They’re looking over a sinful land.
How do you think Wilson got Gatsby’s name? Does any evidence in this chapter point to particular? Wilson got Gatsby’s name form Tom. In Chapter 9, Nick runs into Tom and Tom told Wilson that the car was Gatsby’s. If he hadn’t, Tom would have been killed then and there.
How does Nick characterize Gatsby’s state of mind before he is killed? Gatsby is full of illusions of Daisy, he refuses to leave enough though Nick suggests he does for his safety. Gatsby wants to stay and take care of Daisy; he’s convinced that he will save her and they’ll live happily. Gatsby is delusional at this point.
Why does Fitzgerald call the situation between Wilson and Gatsby a “holocaust”? Both were killed in the act, it was pretty gruesome. Thought the Holocaust hasn’t happened yet, it gives the reader a sense of how gruesome it was.

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