The Great Gatsby – Chapter 6

When does James Gatz change his name? Why? Gatsby was out warning the rich folk to get their boats off the lake because a storm was coming in… and when asked his name he said it was Gatz rather than Gatsby. He wanted to sound like one of the crowd or possibly disassociate himself from his poor family.
What is Daisy’s real response to the party, according to Nick? Nick said Daisy was “offended” by party,”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 Gatsbysprang 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 G-d… and hemust be about His Father’s Business”) ironic? If the comparison with Christ were tocontinue through the book, what would happen to Gatsby? Jesus was always about his Father’s business, and his father was always aware of what he was doing…… it was always the right thing. Gatsby, on the other hand, had turned his back on his father, who knew nothing of his actions. Had he continued, he’d be disowned.
Tom, Mr. Sloane, and a young lady visit Gatsby and the lady invites Gatsby tocome 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 is not a good reader of people or their intentions. He doesn’t get the hint… several hints, 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 he has idealized since he and Daisy last parted. He wants the past to disappear…… no Tom, no money, no nothing……. just the two of them the way he thought it would 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’s giving up the illusion…… it was a good dream, but the girl he’d been pining for had only existed in a memory.

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