The Great Gatsby: Chapter 7

Why does Gatsby stop giving parties? Gatsby wants to be alone with Daisy. This is what he has always wanted. The parties were only so Gatsby could get nearer to her. Gatsby even replaces his servants so they will be more discreet.
When does Tom first realize that Daisy loves Gatsby? By the time Tom clues in, Daisy and Gatsby are trying to hold back on the public affection. Gatsby, Jordan, Nick, Tom, and Daisy are lunching at Tom and Daisy’s mansion. They discuss going into town and Tom notices the passionate gaze Gatsby gives towards his wife. Things really fall apart when Tom receives confirmation of his suspicions. Later that day in a hotel room, in front of pretty much everyone, Gatsby declares to Tom that he and Daisy are in fact in love and that Daisy never really loved him in the first place. Ouch!
Why is Myrtle Wilson upset when she sees Tom and Jordan? While Jordan and Tom stop for gas at the Wilson’s gas store, Myrtle mistakes Jordan for Daisy. Myrtle was notoriously jealous of Daisy.
Why does George Wilson lock Myrtle in the bedroom? Wilson has clued into the fact that his Myrtle is having an fair. This is why he locks her in the room. George plans on letting her out in a few days and leaving with her.
How does Gatsby characterize Daisy’s voice? What do you think he means by this? Gatsby says that Daisy’s voice is full of money because Daisy has always lived a life of privilege, and always will. To Gatsby, Daisy represents what he has aspired for since his youth.
Why does Gatsby lose Daisy during the confirmation at the Plaza? Could he have done anything to win her, do you think? If he could have, why doesn’t he? For all Gatsby’s romantic illusions about Daisy, she is pretty superficial. Tom fills Daisy in about how Gatsby got his money through shady crime deals. Daisy seems to lose interest in Gatsby. Perhaps Gatsby might have pointed out that Tom is an abusive sod with no conscience but really Daisy isn’t much different.
Why does Tom insist that Daisy go home with Gatsby? What do you think this tells us about Tom’s character and his relationship with Daisy? There has just been a huge argument after Gatsby attempts to get Daisy to deny her love for Tom. Daisy backs away and Gatsby is defatted. As to rub both their noses in this humiliation, Tom tells Daisy to return with Gatsby. This is Tom’s style. Having humiliated both Daisy and Gatsby he “lets” them return together in their platonic relationship.
What indications are there at the end of the chapter that Tom and Daisy are going to stay together despite his philandering and her love for Gatsby? The filthy rich didn’t get divorces, they just cheated a lot. Daisy is a very sad character. She is used to the bullying from Tom and expects it in her life. She doesn’t know how to handle a loving relationship. Gatsby is also rather desperate for Daisy the illusion. The real Daisy is much to vapid to end up with Gatsby.

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