The Great Gatsby: Chapter 1

Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope or dream. Why does he do this? Fitzgerald uses the words hope and dream because they are living the American dream
Nick starts the novel by relaying his father’s advice ” Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Does he reserve judgment in the novel? Nick judges Tom for his affair and he is open minded about it. Nick is a very judgmental person.
Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy’s house? It is 1917 in the beginning of the summer.
Describe Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him? What kind of narrator do you think he will be? Nick grew up wealthy, he wants to be rich and life the “high life’, very judgemental
What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean? The author uses the image of Jordan being on a couch, buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon; she doesn’t have a care in the world. She used to be a pro golfer.
How does Nick react to Jordan? Nick is very curious about Jordan, he wants to know her.
What does Tom’s behavior reveal about his character? He is mean and thinks he is superior to everyone else

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