The Great Gatsby Chapter 1-3 (spoilers in the character definitions)

Why is Nick Carraway made the narrator? He does not judge other, especially Gatsby.
What is the relationship between Nick and the Buchanans? Daisy is Nick’s second cousin once removed, and Tom is her husband who Nick met at Yale due to the fact they were in the same senior society.
Why does Daisy speak in exaggerated phrases? By overdoing her remarks she manages to minimize everything she says. If she describes something as utterly wonderful instead of merely nice, she makes it seem quite ordinary. She makes everything sound important which reveals nothing is important to her.
What is the significance of Tom’s reference to the book he is reading? The book presents a white supremacist view over blacks.
Why does Daisy hope her child will be a beautiful fool? She was trying to imply that the life of a woman is a happier one in ignorance. If her daughter is a “fool” then she will never have to suffer the harsh realities of the real world. Think of the old saying ” Ignorance is bliss”. The less her daughter knows, the better. She also probably said this because she was still full of resentment over the fact that she wasn’t allowed to marry Gatsby when she wanted to.
Why does Gatsby reach out to the water? Because he sees a green light across the sound and knows that it is the light at the end of the dock at Daisy’s home. (he is reaching out to Daisy who lives across the bay).
Why is Wilson covered with dust from the ashes? He is a dead character, in contrast to the tough vitality of his wife. (The ashes do not cover her). Tom says that Wilson is too stupid to know that he is alive; the others pay no more attention to him than if he actually were dead.
Why does Myrtle Wilson behave with such hauteur, both towards her husband and in the city apartment? Myrtle is a woman who doesn’t seem to be satisfied with either type of lifestyle either her husband or Tom can offer her. She wants all things to be grandeur and is often disappointed with her quality of life. She compensates for her sadness by acting with “such hauteur.”
What two facets of Tom’s personality are revealed when he breaks Myrtle’s nose? First, it shows his brutality, a foreshadowing of the vicious indifference toward others with which he will send the crazed Wilson off to murder Gatsby. Secondly, the hypocrisy of class consciousness is stressed. It is all right for him to humiliate and wound his wife with his infidelity, but it is unforgivable for Myrtle to even mention Daisy’s name. Myrtle must be taught to know her place
What is revealed when Nick says that people aren’t actually invited to Gatsby’s parties, that they just sort of go there? It shows the aimless wandering of these pleasure-seeking crowds, and that all rules have been replaced by casual whims. This reference also reveals specific facet of Gatsby’s character. He is a man who simply provides for others; he can be taken advantage of. This is a foreshadowing of the way he later sacrifices himself for Daisy.
Why does the owl-eyed man describe Gatsby as a real Belasco? It’s a reference to theatrical producer David Belasco. Remember, Nick encounters owl-eyes in Gatsby’s library, where the books were only props. And Belasco Threatre productions sometimes relied on extravagant special effects, like Jay Gatsby did.
What is the contrast between Gatsby and his party? Gatsby was generous; his partygoers were selfish moochers. Gatsby was reserved; his guests outrageous. Partygoers wanted a roaring good time with each other; Gatsby wanted Daisy.
What is the significance of Jordan’s lies? Her dishonesty is part of her basic character, just as it is part of the social structure in which she takes an active part. Her cheating at golf, part of her drive to win, is the kind of dishonesty that society can accept. Gatsby’s drive to succeed is unacceptable.
What rumors have been told about Gatsby? The rumors were that some believed that he served as a German spy. Others think that he served in the American Army. Also another rumor is that in the past he has murdered someone in the past.
Nick Carraway The novel’s narrator, he is a young man from Minnesota who, after being educated at Yale and fighting in World War I, goes to New York City to learn the bond business. Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, he often serves as a confidant for those with troubling secrets. After moving to West Egg, a fictional area of Long Island that is home to the newly rich, he quickly befriends his next-door neighbor, the mysterious Jay Gatsby. As Daisy Buchanan’s cousin, he facilitates the rekindling of the romance between her and Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is told entirely through his eyes; his thoughts and perceptions shape and color the story.
Jay Gatsby The rich guy that lives next to Nick in the area of West Egg (poorer compared to East Egg) -He was in love with Daisy. Was willing to take the fall for Daisy in the murder of Myrtle Wilson. He gets killed by George Wilson in the end. Nick was one of his only true friends.
Daisy Fay Buchanan Nick’s cousin. Married to Tom. Courted by a number of officers. East Egg district of Long Island. inspired by Fitzgerald’s own youthful romance.
Tom Buchanan Daisy’s immensely wealthy husband, once a member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, he is an arrogant, hypocritical bully. His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism, and he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him. He has no moral qualms about his own extramarital affair with Myrtle, but when he begins to suspect Daisy and Gatsby of having an affair, he becomes outraged and forces a confrontation.
Myrtle Wilson Tom’s lover, whose lifeless husband George owns a run-down garage in the valley of ashes. She herself possesses a fierce vitality and desperately looks for a way to improve her situation. Unfortunately for her, she chooses Tom, who treats her as a mere object of his desire.
Jordan Baker Daisy’s friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved during the course of the novel. A competitive golfer, she represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s—cynical, boyish, and self-centered. She is beautiful, but also dishonest: she cheated in order to win her first golf tournament and continually bends the truth.
George Wilson Myrtle’s husband, the lifeless, exhausted owner of a run-down auto shop at the edge of the valley of ashes. He loves and idealizes Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair with Tom. He is consumed with grief when Myrtle is killed. He is comparable to Gatsby in that both are dreamers and both are ruined by their unrequited love for women who love Tom.

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