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The Great Gatsby (Assigned)

Passage:

A moment later she rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting-before he could move from his door the business was over. The “death car” as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend. Michaelis wasn’t even sure of its color-he first told the policeman that it was light green. The other car, the one going toward New York, came to rest a hundred yards beyond, and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with dust. Michaelis and this man reached her first, but when they had torn open her shirtwaist, still damp with perspiration, they saw that her left breast was swinging loose like a flap, and there was no need to listen for the heart beneath. The mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners, as though she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality she had stored so long.

Analysis:

          In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most important scenes to take place is the scene where Myrtle Wilson is killed. I chose to elaborate on this scene from the novel because if Myrtle Wilson hadn’t been killed, the rest of the events in the novel wouldn’t have unraveled the way they did. If Myrtle hadn’t died, then her husband wouldn’t have killed Gatsby and himself, and he and Myrtle would have moved out west to start a their lives fresh. However, while in the middle of an argument with her husband, Myrtle ran into the street and was struck by a car and killed. This car happened to be Gatsby’s car, and it was being driven by Daisy. Once Myrtle was killed, Wilson sought revenge from Gatsby, killing Gatsby and then himself. This once particular scene in the novel brought about the end of three lives and a tragic finish to that summer.

          I chose to represent this scene in the form of a book. Each page in my book represents a different point in that scene. The first page is a picture of Myrtle running off into the sunset, into the street, in order to get away from her husband. I interpreted this as Myrtle running off into the end of her life, just like the setting sun is the end of the day. As Myrtle runs toward the setting sun, she is running toward her death. On the second page, I drew the “death car”. This car is yellow because it is Gatsby’s car, but also because Daisy has control over the car. I drew Daisy as the grim reaper because she took Myrtle’s life without looking back. On the third page, I drew the blood gushing from Myrtle’s body mixing in with the dust like described in the novel. This represents Myrtle’s life gushing away from her, and it is too powerful so she has no way of stopping it. On the last pages I drew Myrtle’s grave. This grave shows the finality of Myrtle’s death and how she really isn’t coming back. I drew Daisy’s covering her grave because, in the end, it was Daisy who took the life of Myrtle and covered any vitality that she had left.

          I chose to play the song Oh! Darling by the Beatles because I felt that this song correctly represented how Wilson felt at the time of Myrtle’s death. The lyrics,  “When you told me you didn’t need me anymore Well you know I nearly broke down and died” demonstrate when Wilson felt that life wasn’t worth living without Myrtle. This feeling ultimately lead to the murder of Gatsby and Wilson’s suicide.

 

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Gatsby’s Tea Party Assigned

I feel that a very significant part of the story is when Daisy is invited over to Nick’s cottage for tea.  This is the point in the novel when Gatsby tries to recreate where he was five years ago.  A happier time, before he went into the military.  Gatsby wants things to be just how they were before he left.  Gatsby takes great comfort in seeing Daisy’s porch light on every night.  It makes him feel close to her.  Gatsby still loves Daisy and he wants Daisy to love him again.  So, Gatsby comes up with a plan.  Nick, Gatsby’s friend, lives right next door.  Daisy is Nick’s cousin.  Wouldn’t it be convenient if Nick invited Daisy over for tea and Gatsby happened to be there too?  Although things looked promising, what Gatsby did not understand is that you can never recreate the past. 

When Nick calls up Daisy he tells her that she should not bring Tom, her husband.  Instead of asking why not, she responds with “who is Tom?” Daisy does not truly care if he is involved in this tea or not.  Inside, Daisy still has some type of feelings for Gatsby.  If she did not have such strong feelings for Gatsby, she would have wanted Tom to come with her.

The day that they are scheduled to have tea is a very rainy day, which sets the mood as gloomy.  This weather is nerve racking for Gatsby and he thinks that Daisy is not going to show up.  As the day progresses, the weather begins to clear up.  As the weather clears up, the tea party seems to get better, and the day turns out great for Gatsby.  The tea party goes exactly how he wanted it to go.

Gatsby wants the day to be perfect.  Gatsby is concerned that Nick’s house is not good enough to impress Daisy.  So, Gatsby sends his gardener over to Nick’s house to groom Nick’s lawn.  Gatsby sends over flowers so that Nick’s garden would look pretty.  Gatsby wants to make sure everything is perfect for Daisy.

Gatsby comes to Nick’s cottage dressed elegant and but he is very worried.  Gatsby wants to make sure he does everything right in order to impress Daisy.  He really wants to impress her. Gatsby has been awake and stressed out about recreating the past, and making everything perfect, he has had no time to sleep.  When he first gets to Nick’s cottage he has big bags under his eyes.  He is so tired that when Nick talks to him, he cannot even pay attention and stares blankly.  If Gatsby was not so worried about impressing Daisy and had gotten some sleep, he would have been able to function better at the tea party.

Gatsby tells Nick that he read in the newspaper that the rain was supposed to stop.  Gatsby’s greatest concern is that the afternoon goes right.  He wants to make sure that Nick has the highest quality tea and cakes because he is so concerned about impressing Daisy.  His main goal after all is for Daisy to leave Tom and come back to him.

The Grass Isin’t Always Greener on the Other Side

The “Great” Gatsby

 

 

Excerpt:

“Who is he?” I demanded. “Do you know?”

“He’s just a man named Gatsby.”

“Where is he from, I mean? And what does he do?”

“Now you’re started on the subject,” she answered with a

wan smile. “Well, he told me once he was an Oxford man.”

A dim background started to take shape behind him,

but at her next remark it faded away.

“However, I don’t believe it.”

“Why not?”

“I don’t know,” she insisted, “I just don’t think he went

there.”

Something in her tone reminded me of the other girl’s “I

think he killed a man,” and he had the effect of stimulating my

curiosity. I would have accepted without question the infor-

mation that Gatsby sprang from the swamps of Louisiana or

from the lower East Side of New York. That was compre-

hensible. But young men didn’t-at least in my provincial

inexperience I believed they didn’t-drift coolly out of

nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island Sound.

“Anyhow, he gives large parties,” said Jordan, changing the

subject with an urban distaste for the concrete. “And I like

large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t

any privacy.

Analysis:

In this scene, Nick has just finished talking to Gatsby and meeting him for the first time at his party. Their conversation was cut short when Gatsby had to take a phone call from Chicago. This excerpt comes in when Gatsby leaves. Nick is asking Daisy about Gatsby and who he is. I picked this excerpt because I thought that this scene is an important scene in the story. The scene is an important scene in the story because it shows the characterization of Gatsby in many ways.

            One way this scene shows the characterization of Gatsby is that this scene takes place at one of Gatsby’s many extravagant parties. At these parties, anyone is invited. Anyone can just walk in. In fact, Klipspringer attended one of Gatsby’s parties and never left and that is why he is known as “The Boarder”. This represents that Gatsby is generous because he let Klipspringer stay at his house, and it also illustrates that Gatsby will giving anything to anyone.

            Gatsby is very smart. He went to Oxford. However, in this scene, Daisy mentions that she doesn’t believe Gatsby went to Oxford. This scene starts to demonstrate Gatsby’s “secret past”. There are also many rumors going around about Gatsby, for example, that he killed a man, which is also mentioned in this excerpt. Although these rumors and opinions of Gatsby may not be true, it still displays that Gatsby does have a secret past. And in this secret past is Daisy. Gatsby is still in love with Daisy. That is the reason for these extravagant parties. Gatsby hopes that Daisy will just walk in one day. This is also the reason that Nick lives right next door to Gatsby and got invited to Gatsby’s party. Gatsby knew that Nick knew Daisy, so he made sure Nick lived right next door to him and he hoped that Nick would walk into his party so he could talk to him. But, when Nick never showed up, he sent him an invitation. The fact that Gatsby went through all of this just to meet with Nick demonstrates that Gatsby is very smart and it illustrates again that he will do anything for someone. Gatsby is also very smart because he bought a house across the lake so he can see Daisy’s green light from his house.  

            Another rumor that is going around is that Gatsby is a bootlegger. This is true. Gatsby is friends with Meyer Wolfsheim, who is a criminal. Gatsby got into the criminal business because he needed to make money. Daisy is from a world of money and he believed the only way he could get her love is to become wealthy like Daisy.

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Kristen Maggio

Mr. Cicione

Enlgish 11IB

Period 2/3 Odd days

7 April 2008

 

                                                                                 Excerpt
                    The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier, minute by minute spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word. The groups change more swiftly, swell with new arrivals, dissolve and form in the same breath--already there are wanderers, confident girls who weave here and there among the stouter and more stable, become for a sharp, joyous moment the center of a group and then excited with triumph glide on through the sea-change of faces and voices and color under the constantly changing light.  Suddenly one of these gypsies in trembling opal, seizes a cocktail out of the air, dumps it down for courage and moving her hands like Frisco dances out alone on the canvas platform. A momentary hush; the orchestra leader varies his rhythm obligingly for her and there is a burst of chatter as the erroneous news goes around that she is Gilda Gray's understudy from the "Follies." The party has begun.  I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited--they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island and somehow they ended up at Gatsby's door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.
                                                      
                                                             Interpretation
               I chose this passage because I think it reflects the kind of person Gatsby is.  I believe that Gatsby is a shallow person that only cares about what other people think.  That is why he has a tremendous amount of people at his house.  He wants people to have a good time at his house, because he is the man that through the party.  I chose to use photo story and exemplify how photos of my friends contrast to what Gatsby is like.  Gatsby does not have any true friends.  I showed the class pictures of my friends to demonstrate how great it is to “live, laugh, love”.  Gatsby did not have the chance to have friends.  All he did was throw parties and the people that went truly did not even care about him.  Everyone has a best friend and if one had to pick Nick would be Gatsby’s best friend.  This shows how distant Gatsby’s friends were to him.  These pictures and this excerpt exemplify how much of an important role Jay Gatsby played in the novel. 

 

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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