Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 8

The Great Gatsby: Ch 8

“His house had never seemed so enormous to me as it did that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes”. (pg. 147)
I think this reveals the illusion that Gatsby put upon everyone with his money.  Throughout the whole book, Gatsby’s house as always filled with people and alive with music. In this part in the book, it is empty and everything Gatsby had was gone.
“He wouldn’t consider it.  He couldn’t possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do.  He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn’t bear to shake him free”. (pg. 148)
This is Gatsby’s only reason to live.  Feel like this was the moment that would determine whether he lived or died.  He was desperately holding onto Daisy in the hope that she would love him again. It makes me feel sad to know that everything that Gatsby worked for was going to end.
“The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of transit, a thin red circle in the water.
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 over”. (Pg. 162)
I had to read this 3 times to understand what had happened in this part of the book.  Gatsby was shot by Wilson, thinking he was the man who hit Myrtle and then killed himself after.  Although this is tragic, I think that it had to happen.  Wilson was thirsty for blood and Gatsby had lost all hope in every being happy again.  I think it was right for Gatsby to be shot instead of Tom or Daisy.  I think his life was over when he realized that Daisy was not coming back.  

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 6

The Great Gatsby Ch. 6
“He was a son of God” (pg. 98)
I find this quote so interesting in many ways.  For one thing, in the bible, “He” is capitalized when referring to God or Jesus Christ to show how holy and important He was.  So by describing Gatsby as “He was a son of God” really gets me thinking about who Gatsby was a person.  I think this might reflect off of Fitzgerald’s life in the way that he thought he was more important than everyone else.  
“But his heart was in a constant, turbulent riot”. (pg. 99)
This sentence was used to describe Gatsby.  I’ve noticed how the book keeps describing Gatsby’s heart.  I think that Gatsby has some sort of “fire” going on in his heart that he simply can't put out and he’s desperately trying to find a way to get rid of it.
“Daisy’s voice was playing murmurous  tricks in her throat”. (pg. 104)
What does this mean?  Is Daisy secretly lying  and just disguising it with her soft voice?  I feel like Daisy might be one of the more mysterious characters in this book in the fact that her voice can hide almost anything.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 5

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 5
“I carry on a little business on the side, a sort of side line, you understand. And I thought that if you don’t make very much ---- You’re selling bonds, aren’t you, old sport?”
“Trying to.”
“Well, this would interest you. It wouldn’t take up much of your time and you might pick up a nice bit of money.” (Pg. 82-83)
In this part of the book, Gatsby approaches Nick late at night and offers him a small job that he manages on the “side”.  I find it interesting that Gatsby doesn’t give too much information on what the job is and tries to keep it secret, yet he is trying to get Nick to agree to work for him.  I’ve been seeing a pattern about Gatsby that shows lots of secrecy but yet he reaches out to people to gain their trust.  I think that Gatsby is a lot like Scott Fitzgerald in the way that he was very secretive and kept to himself.      
“Nobody’s coming to tea. It’s too late!” He looked at his watch as if there was some pressing demand on his time elsewhere. “I can’t wait all day.”
“Don’t be silly; it’s just two minutes to four.”
He sat down miserably, as if I had punished him.” (Pg. 85)
Gatsby is really nervous in this chapter.  He comes to Tea and starts having second thoughts and tries to leave almost like he regretted coming in the first place.  I have found that my image of Gatsby has really changes as I keep reading this book.  At first I saw Gatsby as “great” and mysterious, but now I see him a bit of a jerk and a coward.  Is Fitzgerald using Gatsby’s personality to portray his own?
“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” (Pg. 96)
I find this quote from chapter 5 really interesting.  I think this is hinting at all the darkness that is stored up in Gatsby’s heart as if he had been hurt a long time and never forgot about it.  I’m a little scared to see what’s going to happen in the next few chapters because I don’t think Gatsby will have good intentions with Nick.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 4

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 4
“At nine o’clock, one morning late in July, Gatsby’s gorgeous car lurched up the rocky drive to my door and gave out a burst of melody from its three-noted horn.” (pg. 63)
I keep questioning Gatsby’s special liking towards Nick. Despite all the people who want to know Gatsby, Gatsby is pursuing Nick.
“My family all died and I came into a good deal of money.” (Pg. 65)
How did Gatsby get all the money? Is what he said true?
“She’s not to know about it. Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You’re just suppose to invite her to tea.” (pg. 79)
Has this been Gatsby’s plan the whole time?   Is this why Gatsby has been getting close to Nick all this time?

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 3

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 3
“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.” (Pg. 41)
Why did Gatsby sing Nick out?  I find it strange how most people didn’t even know who Gatsby was.  Does Gatsby have some special plan for Nick?
“Good night.” He smiled -- and suddenly there seemed to be a pleasant significance in having been among the last to go, as if he had desired it all the time.” (Pg. 53)
Did Gatsby know that Nick would stay? I like how genuine Gatsby is to Nick and how kind he is to everyone.
“Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this in mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” (Pg. 59)
I like how Nick says this.  Like in this time, you can’t trust anyone and when you do find an honest man, you don’t ever want to lose him.  I think this says a lot about the Jazz age.

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 2

The Great Gatsby: Ch. 2
“She smiled slowly and, walking through her husband as if he were a ghost, shook hands with Tom, looking him flush in the eye.” (Pg. 26)
Its interesting how she just ignores her real husband like he doesn’t even exist.  I feel like this was a popular trend during that time period where people would just cheat against their wives and husbands.
“I have been drunk twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon.” (Pg. 29)
I like how this sentence describes Nick.  He has only been drunk one other time before that afternoon showing that he is a fine man who doesn’t indulge what others are into.
“Neither of them can stand the person they’re married to.” (Pg. 33)
I think this is not an uncommon trait to have.  It must feel strange for nick to hear that Daisy, his cousin does not have a loving husband.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Great Gatsby Poem

The Eyes have an image of a woman with black hair
A great, bright city shines beneath, but there is a strange blue streak of light underneath the eyes almost resembling tears
The City has the glow of the sun in the middle
There are images of both a moon and a sun glowing in the city
The moon seems to stand out a little more than the sun due to its pink glow behind it
Why does the tittle deem Gatsby as "Great"?
What made him so "Great"?
The Moon and sun are illuminating the city making it shine