The Great Gatsby – Character

Character Development

Jay Gatsby is the main character in The Great Gatsby.  Gatsby lives in West Egg, Long Island in his mansion. He’s known for throwing grand parties every Saturday night and is very wealthy. Almost everybody has heard of Gatsby but very few know who he is. There are many rumours about where he’s from, who he is and how he made his wealth. Gatsby is very open about who he is to those who asks but his story about him seems scripted and rehearsed. We see Gatsby as a wealthy businessman, who loves to throw extravagant parties. He has a perfect life, with every detail of what he presents to the world, carefully perfected. As we get to know Gatsby, we learn his life is all but perfect. Gatsby is a character James Gatz (his real name) has created and his house is his stage. He’s living his life through a character he created in his idealistic world. “This fella’s a regular Belasco” – Owl-Eyes, the reference to Belasco in The Great Gatsby is that Gatsby is putting on a ‘show’. Belasco was known for having realistic props to make his sets look real. Owl-Eyes referring to Gatsby as Belasco, is because his library is theatrical and seems real but as you look closer his books are uncut (they haven’t been opened) this shows Gatsby has put so much effort into perfecting his set. The appearance of Gatsby and his house is an illusion as when you look closer you see that they are fake and are just props. Gatsby met Daisy 5 years previous from when the book is set. Gatsby and Daisy were in love but when Gatsby went to war, Daisy met and married Tom Buchanan. Gatsby then dedicated his life to be socially and financially eligible to be with Daisy, during this time, Gatsby changed every aspect of who he was to be upper class and be with Daisy. When Gatsby meets Daisy again after 5 years, his guard almost completely drops, cracks in his rehearsed story start to show through. Lies about who he is are being unveiled. The desperation and the determination to get Daisy back has completely consumed who he once was, the “green light” that Gatsby believed in blinded him from reality. The green light in The Great Gatsby symbolises hope, hope that he can one day be with the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. As long as he believes in the green light, he believes in the possibility and the chance that he can one day be with Daisy. “Gatsby believed in the green light” – Nick Carraway, when Gatsby stops believing in the green light he stopped believing in his future with Daisy. Throughout the book, Gatsby was holding onto hope, holding onto the possibility that he can be with Daisy. The green light was an illusion, it blinded Gatsby, it led him to believe that as long as the green light shone, they could have a future togeather. When Daisy doesn’t call, Gatsby stops believing, he’s left with nothing, the green light was what drove him for 5 years, the green light was his only hope. His whole stage, the character that he’s created means nothing, never did, never will and Gatsby only realises this when he stops believing in the green light.  He was a living illusion, everything we see from the outside – parties, grand rooms, fancy suits, were hiding the fact that Gatsby is sad, alone and desperate to be with Daisy. The life that he presents, the character that he shows and the set that he displays is an illusion, it’s his ideal world in an unrealistic reality.

Nick Carraway is the narrator of The Great Gatsby.He attended Yale and is a businessman. After gaining some wealth, Nick made the move to West Egg. Nick lives in a house next to Gatsby in West Egg, Long Island. We see the events through Nick’s eyes. Nick acts as the fly on the wall, telling the events as they are rather than what he perceives them to be.  Nick claims, to be honest, open-minded and a good listener but he ends up turning his back on his morals. “Whenever you feel like criticising anyone, just remember that all the people in the world haven’t had the same advantages you have” – Nick Carraways Father, Nick makes it clear from the beginning that he withdraws as much judgement as humanly possible and ignores the judgement of those around him, the advice that his father gave him supports this as he makes it clear that he believes and takes the advice to heart. He doesn’t let wealth and materialistic possessions dominate his life unlike those around him. This makes Nick the perfect narrator as he doesn’t let actions, rumours or materialism influence his judgments, his thoughts and judgments on people are true. Before Nick met Gatsby, he was shy and didn’t seem to have a desire to socialise, after meeting Gatsby at one of his parties, Nick instantly gains confidence. As Nick attends more and more parties, he gains more confidence and in turn changes some of his morals. Nick slowly becomes more drawn into the lives he’s observing and slowly picks up the some of the characteristics they carry. He starts lying to himself and doesn’t realise how judgmental he is being. Nick starts judging people on actions and wealth and often tells events, glorifying and in support of Gatsby. Nick refers to Daisy and Tom Buchanan as “careless people”, calls Jordan Baker “incurably dishonest” and East Egg “quality of distortion”. Nick is slowly turning into the kind of people that he’s observing. He becomes just as or even more judgmental than they are. The more Nick builds relationships with Daisy, Gatsby, Jordan and even Tom the least honest he becomes. Jordan says “Well, I met another bad driver… I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride”. Jordan refers to them all (Daisy, Gatsby, Tom) as being ‘bad drivers’ meaning that they are all dishonest and judgmental, Jordan didn’t initially think that Nick was like them, she thought it was his honesty was “his secret pride” until she realised that he too was a ‘bad driver’. Nick soon realises he doesn’t want to be part of the world that his ‘friends’ live in. The life of the rich was appealing to Nick at first and he was intrigued to be part of the extravagance of their lives but he soon realises the person he has become isn’t someone he wants to be. This caused Nick to go back home in the Midwest.

Daisy Buchanan lives in her mansion in East Egg, Long Island with her husband Tom and her daughter, Pammy. Daisy comes from a very wealthy family and is related to Nick Carraway. Daisy Buchanan is Gatsby’s obsession, he’s devoted his life and wealthy to be worthy of her love. Daisy and Gatsby met while he was in the military. Daisy promised to wait for Gatsby while he was at war but instead met Tom Buchanan who was much wealthier and decided to marry Tom instead. Daisy is an upper-class socialite. Daisy’s shallow, materialistic, selfish but seems to be ‘in love’ with Gatsby once reunited. “There beautiful shirts” – Daisy Buchanan, when Daisy reunites with Gatsby, she breaks down in tears while Gatsby is throwing shirts around the room. The shirts represent money and Gatsby’s wealth. Gatsby is almost as wealthy as Tom making her confuse as both can afford to give her the materialistic things she desires.  She doesn’t know what to do and starts to question if Gatsby can make her happier than Tom. She rembers the memories her and Gatsby had 5 years ago but remains uncertain about a future with Gatsby. Gatsby is Daisy’s summer fling, their ‘relationship’ wasn’t going to go past summer, Daisy’s heart lies with the wealth and highest of the upper class (Tom). “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and the retreated back into their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” – Nick Carraway, this supports that Daisy’s heart lies where the money is, she may have once loved Gatsby but when it comes down to choosing who to be with, she chooses Tom as he’s wealthier.  When Daisy is confronted and asked to ‘admit’ that she never loved Tom, she struggles with her feelings for Gatsby. She chooses to stay with Tom are partly because of financial security and because of his social stand. Gatsby isn’t from the same social circles so she goes back to Tom because he’s a safer option due to the social stand and power he carries. Daisy ignores Gatsby after the summer, she doesn’t talk nor acknowledge his existence, she didn’t even care to attend his funeral. She went back into the big house, with all her money and carried on with her life like summer never happened, It shows Daisy isn’t as innocent as she was portrayed in the beginning, and that she leads people on until she gets bored or has to make a choice without money being involved. She chooses to hide behind her wealth, making her feel invincible but in reality, lonely. She’s unhappy with Tom but is happy with the life she and Tom shares. 

Characters and Illusion

Gatsby, Nick and Daisy all help us understand how easy it is to put on a persona and how we can be so oblivious to the kind of person someone truly is. Gatsby lied about who he was and where he’s from, Nick called himself, honest and nonjudgmental but that couldn’t be further from the truth and Daisy bases judgment and opinions based on wealth and social positions. Gatsby’s life seems idealistic like he’s living the perfect life. As we get to know more about Gatsby we learn that his past isn’t exactly as he says it is. “He threw dust in your eyes just like he did in Daisy’s” – Tom Buchanan, the way Gatsby shares his life story and the way he perceives his life is almost completely opposite to the truth.Gatsby’s story about who he ‘is’ starts to collapse when he reunites with Daisy but his materialistic possessions throw “dust in the eyes” of the people around him from who he truly is acting as an illusion. Gatsby comes from a poor farming background, from a young age he was never content with who he was but it wasn’t till he found a real motive – Daisy,  to change who he was, that his life turned into an illusion. His obsession with Daisy made him ‘happy’ and gave him a ‘perfect life’ – he was rich and lives in a big mansion but after that is gone, he is sad and alone and has nothing but materialistic possessions. The dust is cleared from Daisy’s eyes and she is no longer blinded by his materialism and see’s him for who he truly is – unhappy, alone and a liar. Nick Carraway makes it clear that he is an honest and nonjudgmental guy. He holds his morals close to his heart. This makes it seem that Nick is good narrator as he’ll tell the story as it is and not how he perceives it to be. “I thought it was your secret pride” – Jordan Baker thought that Nick’s honesty and open-mindedness were his secret pride as it’s something that the others (Gatsby, Daisy, Tom and Jordan) didn’t have. Jordan soon realises that Nick is not as open minded as he once thought, calling Tom and Daisy “careless” and perceives Tom to be “a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner… arrogant eyes… dominance over his face… ” Nick is constantly judging those around him despite having ‘strong morals’. Nick staying more quiet in social situations and not getting too involved is an illusion to how judgmental he is. He’s constantly judging his ‘friends’ and East Egg. He starts telling the story of how he perceives it and not for what it is showing that the illusion of his honesty is starting to fade. Daisy Buchanan presents herself to be kind and innocent but as time goes on, her choices aren’t always for the right reason and she makes decisions based on what the beneficial outcome for her will be. Daisy married Tom because he holds the social position that she longed for, he’s very wealthier and can give her all the materialistic things she wants. When Daisy reunites with Gatsby, he’s much richer and wealthier than he once was. Daisy spends time with Gatsby, leading him on because she is attracted to his money and materialistic means. “She vanished into her rich house, into her rich, full life, leaving Gatsby – nothing” – Nick Carraway, this shows that Daisy used Gatsby as a way to past time over the summer and left him nothing when she got bored. When Daisy was forced to make a decision based on her feelings rather that money, she chooses Tom over Gatsby and completely ignores him, going on with her life like they never even once crossed paths. She chooses the life with money and the upper-class social position she desires. The illusion that Daisy is falling back in love with Gatsby after 5 years of separation is hiding that somebody’s wealth is greater than love in the life of the upper class. Gatsby, Nick and Daisy all teach us that everybody is part of an illusion, whether or not they realise. Gatsby, Nick and Daisy were all hiding who they truly were but as time goes on their true colours show and the truth comes out. Gatsby appears to have this amazing life but as we get to know him we learn he’s sad and alone and isn’t who he says he is. Nick is honest and is non-judgemental but as he progresses he is rude and judges everybody’s every move. Daisy seems kind but in reality is selfish and makes decisions based on social positions and wealth. The dust that Tom Buchanan talks about, represents illusion and how all the characters ‘blinded’ each other of who they truly are. People through ‘dust’ in other’s eyes but as you get to know them the dust clears and the illusion has gone and who they truly are, is completely clear. You don’t know how happy or unhappy, honest or judgmental, selfish or unselfish somebody is until you truly know them and the dust has cleared and the illusion is gone.

Relationships and Illusion 

Tom and Daisy’s relationship is an illusion, from the outside their marriage and their life seems perfect. They live in East Egg with their daughter Pammy in a big nice house, with lots of money and they appear to be happily married.“They weren’t happy… and yet they weren’t unhappy either” – Nick Carraway, both Tom and Daisy are unhappy in their marriages but know they are better to stay togeather rather than to get a divorce. Tom and Daisy both have affairs but continue to live with each other as if nothing can harm their perfect marriage. Tom and Daisy both are unhappy with their lives but continue to stay togeather based on their social status and the wealth they bring. Their unhappy with their marriage but are happy with their life they live togeather. They may have once loved each other but they aren’t in love anymore but if anything was to happen to the other they would be heartbroken as they do love each other – there just not in love. Their marriage is important to each other as it reassures the social position they both long for. Daisy was in love at the start of the marriage but Tom’s continual affairs have put a burden on the marriage and Daisy’s feelings. With Daisy’s unhappiness and Tom’s affairs, social class is a stronger bond than love which is why they still stay togeather. The illusion that they are happy in their marriage is to hide the fact that they are unhappy and don’t wish to be togeather.

Gatsby and Daisy met 5 years previous to when the book is set before Gatsby went away to war. Daisy went her own way and married Tom Buchanan. Over the 5 years apart, Daisy went on with life whereas post-war, Gatsby dedicated his life to be successful, having a high social position, wealthy and building a life that Daisy could fit into. Gatsby was hopeful and believed in the possibility that he and Daisy could live happily ever after, that the 5 years between them didn’t matter. “If it wasn’t for the mist, we could see your home across the bay…. You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock” – Gatsby, the mist represents the 5 years that have passed by and the green light represents the hope and the dream that they could be togeather again. As Daisy and Gatsby spend more time togeather the 5 years apart becomes obvious, Gatsby was losing hope as the past was coming between them. Gatsby still remained optimistic and hopeful, he didn’t want to admit that too much time has passed between them. The green light is an illusion that Daisy and Gatsby would work, the mist derails the illusion and brings them back to reality, their affair isn’t going to past the summer months. Daisies are white and yellow. In The Great Gatsby, white represents purity, innocence and beauty,  yellow represents fake and materialism. Daisy appears innocent and kind but in reality, is fake and materialistic, Gatsby doesn’t realise this until the end. Gatsby realises that Daisy is a rose, she is his rose, “as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is” – Nick Carraway, when you first look at a rose, you see it’s beauty and elegance, it’s perfection. When you get close to it you see it’s thorns, when you touch it, how painful it can be. When Gatsby and Daisy meet again, they’re surrounded by flowers (harmless ones like daisies) but now it is revealed that Daisy is the rose in Gatsby’s garden – the most beautiful and perfect but also the one that causes the most pain. Gatsby could dream of his life with Daisy and see her beauty and innocence but when he thought he finally could get her back and could now ‘touch’ her, she hurts him just like a rose hurts when you touch it. The reference to daisies and roses in The Great Gatsby is an illusion to Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship, he thought she was his daisy but when he accepts that he and Daisy could never be togeather, she ‘turns’ into his rose. 

Myrtle sees her relationship with Tom as an escape out of her marriage and sometimes romantic whereas Tom sees the relationship as another one of his affairs. Tom and Myrtle’s relationship, is predominantly physical attraction but after Myrtle’s death, Tom does show an emotional side that hasn’t been shown before but at the end of the day he would never leave Daisy and Myrtle is just another affair. Myrtle lives in the valley of ashes which homes the bottom of the lower class, Tom lives quite the opposite life in East Egg. Myrtle is very materialistic, “I married him (George) because I thought he was a gentleman…  but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe… The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in… I lay down and cried to beat the band all afternoon.” Myrtle married George because she thought he had more money than he actually did, when she realised he borrowed a suit, she lay down and cried away the afternoon because she realised she will be stuck in the lowest of the lower class and would never go beyond that. Myrtle knew Tom was rich when they met, the idea of being with the upper class is appealing to Myrtle, she’s in love with the idea of his wealth and not Tom. Toms wealth is an illusion, Myrtle believes that she and Tom will live a long happy life togeather eventually but they aren’t going to work, Myrtle is blinded by Toms wealth to see that he will never truly love her. Myrtle is in love with Toms wealth and Myrtle is just another affair and it could never go past that. The apartment where Tom and Myrtle meet is an illusion that their ‘relationship’ will never go past an affair.“Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her order there” – Nick Carraway is alluding that everything that happens in the apartment isn’t truly part of the reality they all live in. Tom and Myrtle live completely different lives and outside of the apartment, would never associate with each other. When they leave the apartment they go their separate ways and the fantasy is over, they don’t act like their togeather outside of the apartment. Myrtle acting like there are a dozen chefs in the kitchen is an illusion that she could never afford to have even one chef but it’s her way to dream what life would be like with Tom, the life of the upper class. The apartment is an illusion, it’s where their relationship is safe but it doesn’t leave the apartment walls.

 

 

The American Dream

“That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer, and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” – James Truslow, Historian

  • The home of the land and the land of the brave – America
  • The dream is an illusion due to the corruption
  • Poor get poorer and the rich get richer

The American Dream is the idea that American social, economic and political success is achievable for everyone regardless of race, gender, class, nationality. It’s where opportunities are based off ability and achievement rather than social classes, political views, etc. If you put in enough effort, you will be rewarded with wealth, etc.

The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

  • Gatsby worked hard but illegally. Gatsby shows the corruption version of the dream
  • Valley of Ashes and Wilson. These people work hard every day but they remain poor and their lives are a struggle. These people and this setting represent the illusion of the dream. They believe if they strive for it but it never comes.
  • Tom and Daisy. Have not worked at all and are born into ‘the dream’. They don’t live the ‘dream’lifestyle because their lives are centred around ‘things’ and ‘events’.

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The scene in the hotel room in chapter 7 mirrors the hotel scene in chapter 2. Tom and Myrtle would go away into their apartment to get away from reality. In reality, Tom and Myrtle can never be togeather as they live such different lives and are from opposite social classes. They’re having a ‘party’ with people who are from different classes. Being in the apartment is like their little bubble to be togeather. In chapter 7 Daisy and Gatsby are in the hotel room with Tom, Nick, and Jordan. The hotel room represents Daisy’s and Gatsby’s bubble. When in the room they can act like that there is a chance for them to be togeather. They can act like that there from similar backgrounds and that they’re both from East Egg. In the hotel room, they can act as if 5 years haven’t gone by. When they leave the room, all the time that’s gone by comes back and reality sets in. The reality that there isn’t a future for them togeather.

The Great Gatsby – Nick

In the opening of the book, Fitzgerald portrays Nick as someone who is unjudgemental and chooses to keep what he thinks of people to himself. In doing so Nick can remain neutral throughout the story and won’t be influenced by people’s thoughts and feelings.

This can be supported by a simple sentence – “Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope”. All the sentences before have been long and drawn out and builds tension, having a short sentence releases all tension and demands the reader to focus on a certain point. In this context the sentence summaries that Nick reserves all judgment possible and chooses not to voice it. It shows that Nick will delay judgement on people who may have done wrong – giving them “infinite hope” until they do right.

Personification is to help humanise things and help the reader to relate to the text. It makes the text more lively and vivid. “turning over in my mind ever since” is a form of personification. The fact that Nick has been turning over the advice in his mind indicates that he’s been thinking it and may even mean that Nick believes the advice. This further supports that Nick is unjudgmental and tries to remain neutral making him a good narrator.

Emotive language helps persuade readers, it helps the writer to get the reader to sympathise with characters. It evokes emotion and causes impact in the text.  The use of ‘vulnerable’ is used in past tense indicating that Nick isn’t vulnerable. It suggests he is older and wiser now and therefore more mature.

 

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His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people – his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself…. He must be about his Father’s business, the service of vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old would likely to invent, and to this conception, he was faithful to the end ” – Nick Gatsby talking about James Gatz ( Gatsby before he was Gatsby)

Even before he met Daisy, Gatsby desired more than what his parents and the people around him had. He always had an idealistic world but never knew how to make it his reality.

Plato was a Greek philosopher who was concerned with the real world vs the ideal world. Gatz is a real person. He creates his ‘ideal self’ and names it Gatsby in his ideal world.                              

God

Gatsby was young when he created his ideal self. He idealised ‘Gatsby’s’ life and in time slowly started to change part of who he was before he was no longer recognisable. He was so focused and determined to achieve the life that ‘Gatsby’ had, that his imagination completely consumed him and changed who he was.

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It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man has stored up in his ghostly heart” – Nick talking about Gatsby

Gatsby’s obsession with getting Daisy back has gone past just getting her back. It’s changed him and his whole life. He’s no longer the same person who met Daisy 5 years ago. Everything he wears, buys and says is completely different to what it was before. It went from just being about Daisy to completely consume and change Gatsby and everything about him. He’s built an ideal world of him and Daisy togeather that it’s become unrealistic and more idealistic. The Daisy that Gatsby has built up in his mind for 5 years is impossible for the real Daisy to ever live up to – she’s changed, gotten married and has a child. She’s not the same person anymore. Which is why it’s beyond everything as it’s just an ideal – unrealistic world.

He was passionate about getting Daisy back but he kept adding to his ‘scene’ to get Daisy that it changed the whole stage. Every little detail of his life has been changed by something he thought was better. This line is alluding to David Belasco again, Belasco was prominently known for his realistic and close detailed sets despite it still being fake. Gatsby has paid such close to make sure every little part of his story and the set is believable even down to a little ‘feather’ but at the end of the day, none of it is really real. It’s just for show.

 Gatsby is haunted by his past and has been running for years to get away from who he was. In doing so he has created all these ghosts that constantly following him despite his best efforts to keep running – by adding to his scene. Nothing can bring Gatsby to the person he was 5 years ago, the person he was is now dead. Therefore Gatsby’s heart is ghostly as it belongs to the person he once was. 

 

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At the start of the chapter, Nick lists the guests at Gatsby’s. Gatsby’s parties attract all different kind of people – old money and new money. He lists people from West Egg and East Egg. The purpose of this was to show how many people came. Their names create their character in the ‘play’ that’s Gatsby’s life. The ‘cast’ fills his ‘theatre’, alluding to the fact that in reality, Gatsby’s life is a lie – it’s all for the show. The guest from East egg have animal and pests surnames like Beavers and Leeches, these people may be using Gatsby to build their own social class. Guests from West Egg has surnames that are nicer or related to a flower like Orchard. This might be alluding to the fact that their surnames reflect their attitude and personalities. People from East Egg can be rude, and disrespectful, whereas the people from West  Egg are respectful and better guests. However listing the guests togeather gives the illusion that there isn’t a clear social class at the parties but after theirs a recognisable difference between old and new money. Fitzgerald put all the names in the book to allude the fact that Gatsby is living in a ‘play’.

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David Belasco

  • Born July 25th, 1853 (San Fransico) and died May 14th, 1931 (New York)
  • He left home and joined the circus
  • At 12 he was an actor in SF and had started writing
  • Amercian theatrical producer and playwright
  • First producer who attracted people to the theatre
  • He chose unknown actors
  • His sets has sensational realism, lavish settings and he experimented with lighting
  • His props were realistic and he was known for his elaborate effects

The reference to Belasco in The Great Gatsby is that Gatsby is putting on a ‘show’. Owl-Eye expected the books in the library to be fake and just for show, so he was surprised to find that they were real because the library seemed grand and theoretical and just for show so this books should have been for ‘show’ as well. When Owl-Eye tried to open Gatsby’s books, they were uncut – which meant that the pages were folded and hadn’t been cut so he hadn’t even read them. So like Belasco, the books were a prop.

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“Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her order there” – Nick Carraway talking about Myrtle Wilson is an illusion. It’s illuding to the fact that everything that happens in the apartment isn’t truly part of the reality they live in. They all come from different ‘classes’ – lower to upper class. They all wouldn’t normally be seen associating with each other in a social situation. As soon as they leave the apartment, the fantasy is over and they go their separate ways. Myrtle acting like there are a dozen chefs in the kitchen is an illusion that she could never afford to have even one chef but it’s her way to fit in with the ‘upper class’ by pretending to be a part of what the upper class have – in this case, chefs.

 

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The advice given to Nick by his father is “Whenever you feel like criticising anyone, just remember that all the people in the world haven’t had the same advantages you have”. This makes Nick a good narrator of the story as it shows he is likely to tell the story as it is and not to be influenced by his own judgements as he tries to be as unjudgemental as he can – because he remembered the advice from his father.

West Egg is ‘New Money’ – comes from people who have made their own wealth. East Egg is ‘Old Money’ – comes from people who were born/married into a wealthy family; usually through inheritance. I would rather live in East Egg as it was harder for women to become wealthy/successful on their own, as they weren’t valued and wasn’t seen as capable for their own career.

Daisy is materialistic, she appears happy, innocent and like everything is fine and perfect but you know there is a part of her that is unhappy. This is why I think a colour that represents Daisy is yellow.  Yellow is a happy, cheerful colour which is how Daisy presents herself. Yellow is a cheaper version of the colour gold. It’s a ‘fake’ gold. Daisy is fake, she hides her unhappiness from those around her. This is why she’s yellow.

An unflattering feature that is revealed about Jordan Baker when it’s unveiled that Tom Buchanan has “a woman in New York” – is that she’s nosy and a gossip, she likes to know the ins and outs of people’s lives – she likes to be in the loop.

The green light that Gatsby stares at is symbolic. The green light is coming from Daisy Buchanan’s dock on the East Egg (Old Money). Green can represent new beginnings. When Gatsby stretches his arms out, it could be because he’s reaching out to Daisy and a new beginning with her.