The Great Gatsby project (assigned)

“At two o’clock Gatsby put on his bathing suit and left word with the

butler that if any one phoned word was to be brought to him at the

pool. He stopped at the garage for a pneumatic mattress that had

amused his guests during the summer, and the chauffeur helped him

pump it up. Then he gave instructions that the open car wasn’t to be

taken out under any circumstances-and this was strange, because the

front ride fender needed repair. Gatsby shouldered the mattress and

started for the pool. Once he stopped and shifted it a little, and the

chauffeur asked him if he needed help, but he shook his head and in

a moment disappeared among the yellowing trees. No telephone

message arrived, but the butler went without his sleep and waited for

it until four o’clock- until long after there way any one to give it to if

it came. I have any idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would

come, and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have

felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too

long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky

through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque

thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created

grass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts,

breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about… like that ashen,

fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees. The

chauffeur-he was one of Wolfsheim’s proteges-heard the shots-afterward

he could only say that he hadn’t though anything much about them. I

drove from the station directly to Gatsby’s house and my rushing anxiously

up the front steps was the first thing that alarmed any one. But they knew

then, I firmly believe. With scarcely a word said, four of us, the chauffeur,

butler, gardener, and I, hurried down to the pool.”


Analysis :

In the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the protagonist Jay Gatsby is stuck in a past obsession. During his life he became obsessed with wealth and being rich, after suffering from losing the love of his life, Daisy, because he could not support her. Gatsby’s life becomes devoted to winning her back, after becoming friendly with her cousin, Nick Carraway. Jay Gatsby is known for his extravigant parties, with lavish decorations and excited guests. His parties were in the hope that maybe Daisy would come by to a party and have a reconsiliation with Gatsby. After losing Daisy once again, Gatsby’s life has altered again for the worst. During this scene, when Gatsby goes swimming, Nick describes all of the changes that have probably occurred to Gatsby since he lost Daisy. The sky was unfamiliar, the raw sunlight and an unreal world. Specifically, Nick states how Gatsby must realize how grotesque a rose really is. Rose’s are the symbol of love, but Nick claims they are that way only because people make it that way, and embellish that characteristic. To Gatsby, Daisy was a rose, because he made her that way. Her personality and characteristics were always described in a positive way and showed his wanting of true love. Now that Gatsby has lost Daisy, he does not see a rose as a symbol of love anymore. One theme represented in the novel is the american dream. The 1920’s was a time that had many changes in men and women’s way of life, where prosperity and material objects became obtainable. Jay Gatsby is represented as a man who had fufilled the american dream, earning more money then anyone could imagine and living in a lavish mansion. The only part missing to his life, is a woman to marry and stay by his side. Once losing the one woman who could have been that missing part, his life changes, with his death. Afterwards, he is still remembered a man who through incredible parties, but to Nick, Gatsby’s death meant losing a friend.


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