“At first I was surprised and confused; then, as he lay in his house and didn’t move or breathe or speak, hour upon hour, it grew upon me that I was responsible, because no one else was interested- interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which every one has some vague right at the end.” p.164
Why does Nick feel responsible? Throughout the book Nick has talked about how he doesn’t like Gatsby so why is he the only one that stuck around in the end?
“When the butler brought back Wolfshiem's answer I began to have a feeling of defiance, of scornful solidarity between Gatsby and me against them all.” p. 165
It seems like Nick is feeling even closer to Gatsby now then he did when he was alive.
“It was Gatsby’s father, a solemn old man, very helpless and dismayed, bundled up in a long cheap ulster against the warm September day.” p.167
Why did Gatsby never talk about his father? How does his dad feel about Gatsby’s life-style compared to his own?
“After that I felt a certain shame for Gatsby- one gentleman to whom I telephoned implied that he had got what he deserved.” p.169
It seems like people used Gatsby just for his parties because now that he died people are being hostile or indifferent about his death.
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter- no matter we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.” p180
This last sentence of the book really helps me to understand what Fitzgerald was trying to portray in this novel. The green light is a motif throughout the whole book about the future and reaching out for something.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
“However glorious his future might be as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past, and at any moment the invisible cloak of his uniform might slip from his shoulders.’’ p.149
Gatsby is always so worried how he looks to other people. I wonder if he never met Daisy if he would still have all the money he does now. Maybe it wouldn’t have been such a priority to him to impress someone.
“I didn’t want to go to the city. I wasn’t worth a decent stroke of work, but it was more than that- I didn’t want to leave Gatsby. I missed that train, and then another before I could get myself away.” p.153
Nick is always saying he doesn’t like Gatsby and doesn’t trust him but why is he so intrigued by him then?
“It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end.” p.154
I feel like if I was in Nick’s position it would be hard for me to like Gatsby too. Gatsby seems like he is always worried about only himself and Daisy, no one else. He is also very mysterious and it is hard to know when he is telling the truth or not.
“Then he gave instructions that the open car wasn’t to be taken out under any circumstances- and this was strange, because the front right fender needed repair.” p.161
What is going to happen with this situation? Are Gatsby and Daisy just going to pretend like nothing happened and they weren’t involved and hid from it? At some point it will all come back to them.
“It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete.” p.162
I’m confused what happened. Why was Wilson all of a sudden there? Did Wilson die or did he do the shooting? Is Gatsby okay?
Thursday, April 6, 2017
“I hear you fired all your servants.” p.114
The fact that Gatsby fired all his servants just shows truly how much he cares for Daisy and what he is willing to do for her.
“Afterward he kept looking at the child with surprise. I don’t think he had ever really believed in its existence before.” p.117
It’s almost like Daisy is not very interested in her own child, even to the fact people have a hard time believing she even has a kid until they meet.
“I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife.” p.130
It’s interesting Tom calls Gatsby a “nobody” because out of all the characters Gatsby is probably the most well known because of his parties.
“Go on. He won’t annoy you. I think he realizes that his presumptuous little flirtation is over.” p.135
This was Tom almost mocking Gatsby. He is basically saying he won and is rubbing it in gatsby’s face by letting the two of them ride together.
“Myrtle Wilson’s body, wrapped in a blanket, and then in another blanket, as though she suffered from a chill in the hot night, lay on a work-table by the wall, and Tom, with his back to us, was bending over it, motionless.” p138
Myrtle’s death symbolizes the end of the Tom’s affair and almost a new start for Tom and Daisy. Literally the accident doesn’t make sense how it happened however.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
“Gatsby, pale as death, with all his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.” p.86
Gatsby is probably so incredibly nervous to see Daisy he doesn’t know what to do. It has been so long since the two of them have seen each other who knows what the interaction will be like.
“We haven’t met for many years,” said Daisy, her voice as matter-of-fact as it could ever be.” “Five years next November.” p.87
I wonder how Daisy is feeling in the moment because obviously Gatsby is counting the days and is constantly thinking of her. Does she feel the same way or is she taken back by this?
“He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room.” p.89
I wonder how Nick feels in the moment. He explains gatsby has almost a new person after his reaction with Daisy. Does Nick still feel like Gatsby is hiding things from him or does he feel like he has finally seen a deeper side of Gatsby?
“I thought you inherited your money.” “I did, old sport,” he said automatically, “but I lost most of it in the big panic- the panic of the war.” p.90
Gatsby is also so mysterious about his money. Did he actually inherit it? Where did the money actually come from? Where does Nick believe it came from?
“He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.” p.91
This quote was important to me because it really is a good example for the feelings Gatsby has for Daisy. He obviously thinks very highly of her if he is reevaluating his house, something he loves, just because of one girl.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
“He was never quite still, there was always a tapping foot somewhere or the impatient opening and closing of a hand.” p.64
Why is Gatsby always so impatient and seeming like he has somewhere else to be? He seems like he is always preoccupied with something else going on.
“I was sure the request would be something utterly fantastic, and for a moment I was sorry I’d ever set foot upon his overpopulated lawn.” p.68
I understand why he feels this way. Gatsby seems to be using him and is always so mysterious. It’s hard to believe people when they act like this.
“Suddenly he looked at his watch, jumped up, and hurried from the room, leaving me with Mr. Wolfshiem at the table.” p.71
Why does Gatsby always just disappear? Where does he go? I feel like it was kind of rude how he just walked away from him when he asked him to lunch.
“Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” p.78
Gatsby was talking about how he lived all over the world and then decided to move to New York in West Egg and now it all makes sense. He wanted to be close to Daisy.
“I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night, but she never did.” p.79
This explains why Gatsby always has the parties. He wants to see daisy again. Why doesn’t he just reach out to her instead of hoping she shows up one night.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
“I had actually been invited.” p.41
It’s amazing to me that so many just go to Gatsby’s parties without actually being invited. Considering all of the guests are adults, I feel like most adults now would at least feel uncomfortable going to a party without an invite.
“As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements.” p.42
It is like Gatsby has these parties for other reasons other than his own enjoyment because he is always off doing something else while the party happens. No one ever sees him at his own party.
“I thought you knew, old sport. I’m afraid I’m not a very good host.” p.48
I think it’s interesting Gatsby kind of expects everyone at his house for the party to know him even though most of the people didn’t even get an invite.
“He’s just a man named Gatsby.” p.48
The way Jordan acted saying casually, he’s just a man and then Gatsby pulls her aside to talk to her in private, it’s almost like the Jordan and Gatsby already know each other.
“I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” p.59
It’s really sad the amount of people who are dishonest. It seems like especially during this time period people were very dishonest and untrustworthy.
Monday, March 13, 2017
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” p.35
There are so many different types of people in world and especially in New York it is easy to see that. One time I went to New York and it was so fun walking down the streets and seeing all the different types of people.
“I have been drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon” p.29
This is a good example about how they act different in different surroundings. It is like when they go to New York they get a little crazier and there is more drama and lots of drinking.
“Sitting on Tom’s lap Mrs. Wilson called up several people on the telephone; then there were no cigarettes, and I went out to buy some at the drugstore in the corner.” p.29
Did he feel uncomfortable and decided that was a nice way out of the apartment to get a break? Why did he just decide to go and get the cigarettes?
“I’m scared of him. I’d hate to have him get anything on me.” .32
Do you think he is only scared of gatsby because he has a lot of money? I feel like sometimes when people have a lot of money others can feel intimidated.
“Some time toward midnight, Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face, discussing in impassioned voices discussing whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy’s name.” p.37
Does Daisy have any idea about her husband's mistress? It doesn’t seem like it is such a secret to everyone else.