Review Chapters 1-6

Chapter 1

The quote from page 17(Daisy) represents how Daisy saw the world, like how Nick who says he won't judge anyone but refuses to listen to their stories. Daisy tells Nick she wishes her daughter would be fool because at least it'll save her the pain of knowing. Especially because Daisy is aware of Toms affair but remains silent and how Gatsby reaches for the green light but never grabs it.

Summary

Chapter 1 starts with the meeting of our narrator Nick Carraway and a little background about him. We learn he is "old money" with many connections in East Egg; however, he returns to New York in order to start his own bond buisness. Later in the story we meet his old friend Tom Buchanan, his cousin Daisy Buchanan, and a friend of his cousin named Jordan Baker. From this event we learn Tom & Daisy have a daughter, and that Tom is having an affair. The chapter ends with Nick seeing his neighbor Gatsby reaching out to a green light.

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Chapter 2

Summary

Chapter 2 starts off with Tom taking Nick to the city where they meet his mistress Myrtle Wilson who also happens to be married. On the way to the city Nick describes the land that lies between west egg and NYC which is known as "the valley of ashes". The chapter ends with Tom breaking Myrtle's nose as she repeats Daisy's name during their little party and as much Nick wants to leave, he can't.

Quote: "It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic and they don't believe in divorce. Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie."(38, Catherine).

The quote represented the overall chapter because in the beginning nick described the billboard of Dr. T.j. Eckleburg who represents god watching their every move. Like how Tom is having an affair, Myrtle is a senseless gold digger, and Nick does nothing but watch.

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Chapter 3

Summary

In chapter 3 an unexpected invitation sent to Nick in which he was invited to one of Gatsby's famous parties. There he meets Jordan, "owl eyes" in Gatsby's library with uncut books, and Gatsby himself even without knowing it.

Quote:"There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and he champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his motor-boats slid the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains"(39).

The quote showed the wealth Gatsby had filled his heart with. It shows a brief vision of Gatsby's life and his parties.

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Chapter 4

Summary

Chapter 4 starts with Gatsby taking Nick to the city to meet his friend and along the way they're pulled over by a cop, this scene showed how much of an influence Gatsby has. Towards the end, Jordan who met with Nick for tea tells him how Gatsby has asked her to ask him if he could set up a "date" with him and Daisy.

Quote:"Well, about six weeks ago, she heard the name Gatsby for the first time in years. It was when I asked you – do you remember? – if you knew Gatsby in West Egg. After you had gone home she came into my room and woke me up, and said: "What Gatsby?" and when I described him – I was half asleep – she said in the strangest voice that it must be the man she used to know. It wasn't until then that I connected this Gatsby with the officer in her white car"(145).

The quote shows "strangest voice" tips us off that Gatsby is more than some man Daisy used to flirt with. She had some real feelings for him and those feelings of the past are about to burst into the present.

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Chapter 5

Summary

Chapter 5 was about the awkward yet relieving meeting between Gatsby and Daisy after 5 years apart. The chapter focuses on how stuck in the past Gatsby is and how much reality hits Daisy. From this chapter we learn many things about the characters like how corrupted they are in wealth and materialistic things.

Quote:"If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock." Daisy put her arm through his abruptly, but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one" (121-122).

The quote shows that when Gatsby and Daisy finally get together, the dream vanishes. Does this mean that the American Dream has to stay forever a dream? That it loses its meaning if we actually achieve it—or that, once we achieve it, we find out that it wasn't so great to begin with.

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Chapter 6

Summary

Chapter 6 details a faint memory of the real Gatsby formally known as James Gatz and how he rose to wealth. Gatsby invites Nick, Tom and Daisy to one of his parties.

Quote:"He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was"(132).

The quote shows Gatsby can't deal with what his life's become, but instead of wanting to change it going forward, he wants to head back to the past.

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