The “Great” Gatsby




“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


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.


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


                    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.
               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.

Reality of the Upper Class (assigned)


             “And the Catlips and the Bembergs and G. Earl Muldoon, brother to that Muldoon who afterward strangled his wife. Da Fontano the promoter came there, and Ed Legros and James B. (“Rot-Gut”) Ferret and the DE Jongs and Ernest Lilly- they came to gamble, and when Ferret wandered into the garden it meant he was cleaned out and Associated Traction would have to fluctuate profitably next day.

            A man named Klipspringer was there so often and so long that he became known as “the borderer”-I doubt if he had any other home.   Of theatrical people there were Gus Waize and Horace O’Donavan and Lester Myer and George Duckweed and Francis Bull.  Also from New York were the Chromes and the Backhyssons and the Dennickers ad Russell Betty and the Corrigans and the Kellhers and the Dewers and the Sculleys and S.W. Belcher and the Smirkes and the young Quinns, divorced now, and Henry L. Palmetto, who killed himself by jumping in front of a subway train in Times Square.

            Benny McClenahan arrived always with four girls. They were never quite the same ones in physical person, but they were so identical on with another that it inevitably seemed they had been there before” (Fitzgerald 62-63).

            Throughout the novel Fitzgerald reveals that the people who live in East and West Egg who are very wealthy are also superficial and are not truly happy with their lives.  He demonstrates this when he has Nick talk about the people who he had met at Gatsby’s Party.  Everyone who Nick describes seems to have a variety of issues and do not seem to be happy with their lives.  For example, Muldoon strangled his wife.  This can be the result of two things.  Either Muldoon was not happy with his marriage and did not love his wife, or his wife cheated on him.  The Quinns also had an unsuccessful marriage.  They are divorced now.  Unsuccessful marriages among people who are wealthy is often a result of people marrying for money and not for love.  Another person that Nick talks about who is an example of how the people at Gatsby’s party are not happy is Henry L. Palmetto.  Palmetto later on killed himself by jumping in front of a train.  People who commit suicide usually have a very good reason for it.  They are normally depressed and very unhappy with their lives.  Many people would find it strange that a man who most likely had a lot of money and could do or buy anything he wanted was unhappy with his life.  In this passage, Fitzgerald is trying to reveal that money cannot buy happiness.  Fitzgerald also reveals that money corrupts people.  For example, Benny McClenahan.  Benny always arrived to Gatsby’s parties with 4 girls.  This tells the reader, is that he does not really love any of them and they don’t really love him.  The girls just want to be invited to fancy parties and are in it for the money.  “They were never quite the same ones in physical person, but they were so identical one with another that it inevitably seemed they had been there before” (Fitzgerald 63).  Nick is trying to say that although the girls are never the same they have similar personalities.  They are stuck up and only care about money.  This passage is important because it helps the reader get a better idea of the type of people who attended Gatsby’s parties.                   



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Exquisite Corpse Poems (Class 7-8) Part 4


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magenta red
I think was the shininess of it that made my eye turn that color. Blood red with passion, vengeance and fury. Carnage and gore were an inevitable fate.
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jackets. If I was ever surrounded by yellow jackets, I’d probably stop breathing.
What a nightmare that would be.

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