The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6 (handouts)

When does James Gatz change his name? Why? Gatz was out helping someone of the richer class with their boat, as a huge storm was coming soon. When Gatz was asked his name, he replied Gatsby instead of Gatz. He might have wanted to sound like one of the crowd or possibly disassociate himself from his poor family. He was 17.
What is Daisy’s real response to the party, according to Nick? Although Daisy only had a good time while dancing with Gatsby, Nick tells Gatsby that she really enjoyed the party.
What does Gatsby tell Nick he wants Daisy to do? Gatsby wanst Daisy to tell Tom she never loved him, Gatsby wants to go back to where they were 5 years ago
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 wanted his reality to be perfect, now that Daisy is back in his life, but he doesn’t want to acknowledge the circumstances. He expects things to be how they were 5 years ago.
What is ironic about Dan Cody? Both were self made business men who came from not so rich beginnings. It is ironic because Gatsby learns how to be “upper class” from a guy whose origins are distinctly “lower class, just like Gatsby.
What parallel is suggested by the fact that Gatsby never gets the inheritance bequeathed to him by Cody? Gatsby believed in the promise of his inheritance, yet, Dan Cody’s mistress got it instead. This is just as Gatsby believed that he and Daisy would be together but she marries Tom instead.
How truthful was Gatsby when he relayed the story of his life to Nick? Why does Fitzgerald tell the story of Jay Gatz now? He wasn’t very truthful. When Fitzgerald finally tells us these true things, it shows how much Gatsby was really straying away from his beginnings and trying to embody wealth.
Describe the meeting of Tom and Gatsby. What does this meeting reveal about them? Gatsby wanted Tom to be intimidated by him and it angers him when Tom sees Gatsby as not a true wealthy, classy man, but just a man with a lot of money. Tom is not intimidated by anyone.
Why did Daisy and Tom find Gatsby’s party loathsome? It is full of West Eggers who they find less sophisticated.
How did Gatsby measure the success of his party? He measures its success by how much Daisy enjoys it.
When Nick told Gatsby, “You can’t repeat the past,” Gatsby replied, “Why of course you can!” Do you agree with Nick or Gatsby? I believe that you can do your best to duplicate something from the past, but it will not be exactly as it was before. People and situations constantly change.

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