Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gatsby - Chapter 9

I thought that it was eerie and kind of sad when Nick said to Gatsby's body "I'll get somebody for you, Gatsby. Don't worry. Just trust me and I'll get somebody for you-" (164). Nick heard Gatsby in his head say "Look here, old sport, you've got to get somebody for me. You've got to try hard. I can't go through this alone" (165). Nobody is there for him except for Nick. Where did Tom and Daisy go? They packed their bags and left to go somewhere. Nick got a call that was meant for Gatsby about some "business" venture. What was the man talking about and what else was Gatsby involved in? The page that showed what Jay wrote in the back of Hopalong Cassidy shows how planned and determined he was for his future. He knew what he wanted and had a plan to get it. Where is Daisy during all of this? I thought that she would show up for the funeral. Who is owl eyes and what does he represent? He seemed to show up at odd times and we never saw him talk to Gatsby. After Gatsby threw all of those parties at his house he still had very few people that were close to him. He was always sort of a lone wolf. What was Nick talking about on 176 with the woman on a stretcher? What did Jordan mean when she said to Nick "Nevertheless you did throw me over...I don't give a damn about you now..." (177)? The green light was a symbol of the past. It was a symbol of what could have been. Gatsby was never able to obtain it though. Throughout the book, I thought of Nick as someone who is more of a bystander than anything; he was a way for us to hear the story of Jay Gatsby. The green light is out now.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gatsby - Chapter 8

Gatsby has changed his whole life so that he can have Daisy. Does this make him more deserving of her than Tom? What has Gatsby done for his own happiness and not to please Daisy"What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do"(150)? Nick was talking to Gatsby about maybe leaving Daisy behind. I think that this is for the best for him. Chasing her just keeps getting him in trouble. What is the significance of the dog leash that Myrtle bought? Why did she buy it? I think it symbolizes her being tied down. Wilson is slipping mentally.

After Gatsby is killed and Wilson commits suicide, Nick says "...the Gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete"(162). Before Gatsby was gunned down, his motivation and direction were killed. He was for the first time in a while not confident in his plans to get Daisy. His whole life from the point he met her had led up to getting her. He used her as motivation and she was the main reason Gatsby bought the mansion and became rich. When that dream of having Daisy was interrupted, part of him died. I picture the pool as a symbol for his thoughts and mind and how he was sort of just floating around with no direction waiting on Daisy. Wilson was completely destroyed when Myrtle was killed. He was already acting out when he suspected her of cheating, but when she was killed he lost his sanity. I think that this "holocaust" was the death of the past and who these people were. They all had pretty care free lives, and now they are going to be slipping into a depression.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Gatsby - Chapter 6

Is James Gatz Jay Gatsby? Why did he change his name and where did he get his money? I assumed that he had old money. This would explain why nobody knows much about him and where his money comes from. If Gatsby was a self made man then why did he tell people that he inherited his money? It makes sense now why he was nervous telling Nick that "For over a year he had been beating his way along the South shore of Lake Superior as a clam-digger or salmon-fisher or in any other capacity that brought him food and bed" (98)

Ella Kaye came on to Dan Cody's yacht, ending the trip "Ella Kaye came on board one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody inhospitably died" (100). Did she kill him? If so what were her motives? I don't think that he just dropped dead because he was described as pretty healthy. It was money that Kaye was after. How did she get it once he died?

"If you want to kiss me at any time during the evening, Nick, just let me know and I'll be glad to arrange it for you. Just mention my name. Or present a green card. I'm giving out green-" (104). Why does Daisy ask if Nick wants to kiss her? I thought that she was starting to fall in love for Gatsby.

Now that Daisy and Gatsby are sort of back together, what will happen after that? What will be Gatsby's purpose if it is not to get daisy?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gatsby - Chapter 5

After our in class activity with the love test thing, I realized that I don't think Nick and Jordan will be a good couple. Jordan comes off as selfish and fake. She just wants to party and she breaks rules to get what she wants. Nick on the other hand is really nice, calm, and hard working too. I think that is the reason that he turned down Gatsby's offer to go into business with him.

At first I thought that Daisy and Gatsby might not work out because they might just be in love with the memories that they used to have. They seem to be really hitting it of though. I know the green light is Daisy's house but why is the light green?

I think that it would be good for Daisy and Gatsby to date because then Daisy would have someone who would respect her more and not cheat on her life Tom. However, I think that Gatsby is imagining her to be more perfect than she is "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams-not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything" (95). I think that when Fitzgerald wrote about Gatsby's relationship with daisy, he was drawing a lot from his own life.

Great Gatsby cover

The color of the color is really dark blue and looks like the sky above the city
The painting style of the town is really blended together and full of light
The face in the sky is crying
The sky and city don't go together well, the city is really bright and vibrant and the sky is dull and bleak
What does this contradiction symbolize and how does it represent what was happening in and after the 20's? How does the face and city represent how people feel about the American dream?
The contradiction between the light and dark shows how while the 20's were full of fun and life, they were on the edge of a lot of sadness and darkness. People were feeling that the American dream was very easily observed but would chew you up and spit you out.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great Gatsby - Chapter 4

Gatsby was talking really fast when he was telling Nick about his life. It seems like he's lying or not telling the whole truth. He was sort of throwing his life story at Nick without Nick really prying about it. Based on his fast driving and talking, it seems like he was nervous. Nervous, but trying to stay calm. What was the white card that Gatsby showed the cop who pulled him over? Was it just his license? Maybe the cop then realized who he was and let him go. Was it something more than just a license? Mr. Wolfshiem seems really intimidating. If he really did stage the World Series then he has a lot of power, and money. I think that Gatsby is involved in this somehow. Is that how he got all of his money? He might have been speeding on the way over because he didn't want to be late for fear of what Wolfshiem might do. I predict that Gatsby is involved in distributing Why did Gatsby tell Jordan that he had feeling for Daisy? Gatsby could probably have any woman he wants, but I think part of the reason he wants her specifically is because he knows that she is taken. Gatsby has everything that he could want, a nice car, a nice house, etc. I think that he just wants Daisy because he loves the thrill of the chase. This, and of course their past together. Is there another reason that Gatsby is having Nick host tea? Why wouldn't he just invite her over? She is probably the reason that Gatsby hosts parties; so that she might show up. Why else would he if he never drinks or talks with his own guests?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great Gatsby - Chapter 3

Did Gatsby just invite Nick to his party because he was his neighbor, or for another reason? Gatsby really encompasses the 1920's. He lived the most lavish life possible. His wealth is a mystery though. I would think that he would be well known for what he does if he is so rich, but he probably acquired his money through his family. People all talk about how he has a violent past, and how he might have killed someone. Other rumors talk about him being an ex German spy. Maybe he was in the Mafia? Was Prohibition in affect during this time? A lot of gangsters in the 20's made their money off of selling liquor. Gatsby doesn't drink, but rather just watches his guests. Why does he not drink? This was also unlike the author. Maybe, Gatsby was the person that Fitzgerald wanted to be. Gatsby meets with Jordan and apparently tells her something surprising. What did he tell her? What is their relationship, or did they have one before the party? What will the role of Owl Eyes be? He is probably rich because he drove a car which at the time was not very common. Nick is starting to have feelings for Jordan even though he feels like she is dishonest. However, he is still attracted to her. I think that he is just discovering the thrill that the lavish life has to offer and because of that he is attracted to her, because she is different.