The Great Gatsby Book Project by joy nguyen

Theme

F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby is about America's greediness and reveals that trying to achieve the past is inevitable. This theme is evident through the character of Daisy and Tom, and the event when they seem to disappear after Gatsby's death.

* First thing he does is pass along some of 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" (Fitzgerald 1)

*"He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you." (Fitzgerald 132)

*"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" (Fitzgerald 179)

The parties that Gatsby hosted, to get Daisy's attention.
Daisy and Tom leaves, as Gatsby's funeral goes on.
Gatsby's dreams of getting together with Daisy as before.

Characterization: Jordan Baker

Direct Characterization:"I enjoyed looking at her. She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet. Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming discontented face." (Fitzgerald 1 1)

Indirect Characterization: "At first I was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf champion, and everyone knew her name" (Fitzgerald Page 57)

Characterization: Jay Gatsby(James Gatz)

Direct Characterization: "His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed every day. I could see nothing sinister about him." (Fitzgerald 50)

Indirect Characterization:"one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you." (Fitzgerald 48)

Symbol: The Broken Clock

The clock symbolize the time wasted, when Daisy was waiting for Gatsby. As the clock fell, Gatsby catches the clock, this also represent Gatsby has now been "catch up" to Daisy. When Gatsby and Daisy were together after 3 years.

“his head leaned back so far that it rested against the fact of a defunct mantelpiece clock” (Fitzgerald 87)

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