Similarly, Daisy appears to be innocent and pure, but her heart is filled with lust, carelessness, and corruption. He is unsatisfied with the shallowness of the upper class, and yearns for something more. The following Saturday, Tom and Daisy attend one of Gatsby's parties. Students at this age see things in very concrete, definite proportions. The Yacht: Growing up poor and unhappy, this extravagant yacht seemed like the ultimate dream for Gatsby.
In the 1920s, the American Dream was the idea of going from rags to riches. Symbol 5 East and West Eggs East and West Eggs are two fictional villages Fitzgerald has created to represent the different ideas of the new rich and the old rich. It rather seems a falsifying dream. By and large, though, Tom and especially Daisy are unimpressed by the West Eggers. Since that time, he has worked to flesh out a fully dimensional fiction.
This is a highly effective symbol that represents the divide between the poor and the rich class in the society of that time and even the present. As Tom and Daisy are leaving, Tom says he suspects Gatsby's fortune comes from bootlegging, which Nick denies. In the chronology of the novel, Nick did not know these details yet, but in looking back on the incidents as the narrator of something that occurred in the past, he did. The grateful Cody took young Gatz, who gave his name as Jay Gatsby, on board his yacht as his personal assistant. East symbolizes corruption, whereas West symbolizes goodness.
Chapter Six A reporter, inspired by the feverish gossip about Gatsby circulating in New York, comes to West Egg in hopes of obtaining the true story of his past from him. Essentially, the flashback is Fitzgerald's way of tipping off the reader that Gatsby isn't all he says he is. After the Buchanans leave and the party breaks up, Nick and Gatsby review the evening. Just as at the party Gatsby stood away from the crowd many of whom didn't even know him , Gatsby stands alone in this smaller setting as well. Students may draw clothing or use magazine clippings. Gatsby proves to be very misleading in allowing others to believe certain bits of information about him. Either in a whole-class discussion or independently as time allows , I ask students to predict what all the terms mean and how they think they will fit into the chapter.
He wants more—he wants her to say that she never loved Tom. I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life. When it is time for dinner, Tom excuses himself to sit with another woman. In The Great Gatsby, why is Gatsby's choice of neck tie when he visits Daisy significant? Geography Throughout the novel, places and settings epitomize the various aspects of the 1920s American society that Fitzgerald depicts. His decision to leave reveals Gatsby's extreme sensitivity to class, and to the fact of his own poverty; from his childhood onward, he longs for wealth and for the sophistication and elegance which he imagines that wealth will lend him.
Like so many who sought and achieved the American Dream during the Roaring Twenties, Gatsby is a self-made man. Wilson kills Gatsby on the first day of autumn, as Gatsby floats in his pool despite a palpable chill in the air—a symbolic attempt to stop time and restore his relationship with Daisy to the way it was five years before, in 1917. These occur rather regularly throughout the book. His work as a janitor is a gross humiliation because it is at odds with his ideal of himself; to protect that ideal, he is willing to damage his actual circumstances. Instead, Nick guesses at the life and thoughts of Gatsby, making Gatsby seem more mysterious and larger-than-life than he would be if the reader knew all of his thoughts.
Nick realizes that Gatsby's is trying to convince him to set up the meeting with Daisy. His real name is James Gatz, and he was born to an impoverished farmer in North Dakota, rather than into wealth in San Francisco, as he claimed. By holding the actual story until Chapter 6, Fitzgerald accomplishes two things: First and most obviously, he builds suspense and piques the reader's curiosity. Glossary meretricious alluring by false, showy charms; attractive in a flashy way; tawdry. Cody, like Gatsby, transcended early hardship to become a millionaire.
These quotations are often cited and referenced in various situations. Cody took Gatsby in and made the young man his personal assistant. I put two sentences with grammatical mistakes on the projector or overhead. As the class reads Chapter 6, I will have students consider why Fitzgerald decides to incorporate a flashback at this point in the novel. Cody was then fifty, a self-made millionaire who had made his fortune during the Yukon gold rush. Dreams and goals are good, but not when they consume the dreamer. Therefore, understanding them and their relationships is also important.