Essay Plans

Event Idea Evidence
Daisy + Gatsby’s Reunion How Daisy’s and Gatsby’s relationship is an illusion and could never be a reality, it impacted Gatsby as he saw that the possibility of their future isn’t as achievable as he once thought, he starts to lose sight of his dream with Daisy “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”

“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy. It had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon.”

Myrtle’s Death Shows how Tom and Daisy’s relationship is built off materialism and shows how the rest of East Egg relationships are based off, “They weren’t happy… and yet they weren’t unhappy either”

“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…”

Gatsby’s Death Shows how much Nick admired Gatsby, this impacted Nick as he realises that the life of the upper class isn’t a life he wants to live, which is why he went back home “Most of these reports were a nightmare, grotesque, circumstantial, eager and untrue”

“Gatsby turned out alright in the end”

 

Language Feature Idea Evidence
Connotative Illusion “Jordan’s slender golden arm”
Simile Illuson “fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat”
Metaphor Illusion “what a grotesque thing a rose is”
Language Feature Idea Evidence
Green Light   The green light represents hope and the possibility of Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship “Involuntarily I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away”

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us”

Flowers Flowers represent somebodies true self and what they portray them self to be “shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is”

“you remind me of a rose – an absolute rose”

Daisy’s name?

Yellow Yellow represents fake and gold is pure/authentic “The orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music”“In a moment disappeared among the yellowing trees”
Event Relationship Evidence
Daisy and Gatsby reunion How Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship is an illusion that it could never be possible “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”

“Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy. It had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon.

Myrtle’s Death How Tom and Daisy’s relationship is held togeather by materialism “They weren’t happy… and yet they weren’t unhappy either”

“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…”

Gatsby’s Death How much Nick admired Gatsby “Most of these reports were a nightmare, grotesque, circumstantial, eager and untrue”

“Gatsby turned out alright in the end”

 

Place Revealed Evidence
East Egg The false American Dream  “…the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water.”

“Distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belong”

 

West Egg The corruption of the American Dream “Who is this Gatsby anyhow… Some big bootlegger?… I didn’t hear it. I imagined it. A lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers”

“the less fashionable of the two, through this is the most superficial tag”

Valley of Ashes The impossibility of the American Dream “ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke”

“men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air”

Character Idea Evidence
Jay Gatsby You can never reinvent yourself “This fella’s a regular Belasco”

The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself

“where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about”

 

Nick Carraway You can’t hide from yourself “I am one of the few honest people I have ever known”

“I thought it was your secret pride”

“careless people… incurably dishonest… quality of distortion”

Daisy Buchanan Not everyone is who they appear to be “what a grotesque thing a rose it”

“they weren’t happy and yet they weren’t unhappy either”

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