BC: Project by Jordan Tucker
FC: The Great Gatsby
1: This book with pages missing represents how no one knows what Gatsby's real story is. In Chapter 3, people say that he has killed a man. Others say that he was a German spy. Later, we come to know his real story when he reveals it to Nick. | Jay Gatsby Life Accomplishments: -educated at Oxford University (pg. 65) -first lieutenant in the war then promoted to major after capturing the Germans (pg. 66) -decorated in Montenegro for accomplishments in war: "Major Jay Gatsby for Valour Extraordinary" (pg. 66-67)
2: "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther..." | This quote goes well with Gatsby because it signifies what he believed in. When Gatsby stared at the green light of Daisy's dock each night, he had hope that one day he would be reunited with her again and that their love that was once shared would reappear. He wanted his past to become his future and for his dreams to become reality. Despite the odds against him, such as Daisy being married, Gatsby still had hope that they would be together once again.
3: supercilious Gatsby thought that he was superior and above the rest because of his inheritance and all of the riches he had stored up in his huge mansion that he lived in. He held big parties to not only find his lost love, but to show off his wealth. | perplexing Gatsby's identity is puzzling because either no one knows who he really is or they think he is someone that he's not. Some people that attend his parties either think he was a German spy or a murderer. | infatuated Gatsby has been in love with Daisy since the day that he left her to go to war. Five years later, after painstakingly watching her from a distance, he is reunited with her and it feels as if they never had separated from each other.
4: To Those Who Have Changed My Life, I would like to take this time to say farewell to you and to provide my final personal sentiments. Nick, I appreciate all that you have done for me. Thank you for listening to me, for judging me by who I am, not by what others have set my story as. I appreciate what you did for Daisy and I. Daisy, my long lost lover, I am so fortunate to have had you. I wish that those five years hadn't drawn us apart, but I know that it was for the best. I just don't know if I can fully trust you anymore. How could you leave me and go back to Tom? Tom, just a little word of advice for you: Don't give up the best thing you have. Daisy is a precious person but you broke her heart by chasing after another woman who by far is not as beautiful and kind-hearted. Jordan, don't lie to the ones who love you. Nick really cares about you but he can't see past your dishonesty. And Myrtle, money isn't everything. Be glad that you have someone who loves you and cherish that love. In the end, you can't take all that money with you anyway. Dearest friends and enemies, take these kind words to heart before you wreck your lives any more. Sincerely, Gatsby
5: I chose to symbolize Nick with an ear because it seems like everyone shares their secrets with him. Tom tells him about his "mysterious other" and Gatsby shares with him the life story that no one knows about. | Nick Calloway -graduated from New Haven in 1915 (pg. 3) -participated in Great War (pg. 3) -became a bondsman (pg. 3)
6: "That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . 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." | In saying this quote, Nick realizes why all of the people of his time are troubled. He sees that everyone is caught up in money and wealth and are worried about losing it all to the falling economy in this time of conflict. He understands that the tension between the characters could be because of the fatigue of dealing with worldly struggles. This realization seems to be one of the reasons why Nick chose to leave the chaos of the Eastern lifestyle and head back to his home. He was a simple person who didn't fit well in the chaos.
7: benevolent Nick is benevolent because he listens to what people have to say. For instance, he listened to Gatsby when he told him his life story. He listened to Gatsby finish and did not judge who he was. | substantial Nick has a substantial character because he is one of the most honest characters in the book. He has a stout nature in the way that he expresses himself and isn't afraid to tell who he really is. | seasoned Nick is seasoned because he understands the struggles of his generation. He is smart enough to leave Gatsby and Daisy and return back to his home where life is more simple. This is where he belongs.
8: Dear Gatsby, I learned so much from the man in the mansion next door -- about life, love, and hardships. Many times I wished I could have traded my worn-down shack for you magnificent home. Endless parties and guests fascinated my eyes. Because all of what you have taught me has taught me so much about myself, I had to make the decision to go back home to where I belong. I now know why our generation is the lost generation. I've learned that this lifestyle in "the Eggs" is not for me and that I need simplicity. Thanks again for your knowledge and your wisdom. --Nick
9: I chose to use a bloody rose to symbolize Daisy because she is stuck in a love battle between Tom and Gatsby. She is married to Tom but Gatsby is her long lost lover who has always cared about her. | Daisy Buchanan -married into Tom's money (pg. 6) -a mother (pg. 9)
10: "I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." | This quote that Daisy makes about her daughter explains that if you're a fool, you aren't able to see all of the bad things that go on in the world. Daisy was spoiled by nature and because of this, she didn't have to worry about the war or the Great Depression because she was taken care of. She wanted her daughter to marry into money and riches so that she would be taken care of. She also wanted to make sure of this so that she wasn't exposed to the reality of this world.
11: feeble-minded Daisy is feeble-minded because she doesn't always think with her head. She is very spoiled and foolish because she gets what she wants and thinks that is all that matters in life. She wants her daughter to be a fool too so she can be sheltered. | frivolous I do not think Daisy has a lot of sense because she doesn't divorce her husband who is cheating on her but she still loves Gatsby. I think Daisy should just divorce Tom and marry Gatsby. Gatsby has more money anyway. | sardonic Daisy is sardonic because she is cynical. Out of her selfish nature, instead of attending Gatsby's funeral, she runs away with Tom. I really don't think she knows what she wants.
12: Dearest Gatsby, My, oh the times that we've shared together. You've taught me so much about living life to it's fullest. I just wish that love wasn't so complicated. The minute I was blamed for killing Myrtle in that car accident, I had to get out. I had to run away with Tom even though it didn't feel like the safest route for me. It scared me to attend your funeral but me being a fool, I had to escape. I hope you don't hate me after all that we've been through. I just wish things would have turned out differently and we still could be together. Love is just one big confusion for me right now. I'm not even sure what love is. Love Always ? Daisy
13: Tom is like broken glass because his mistake of cheating on Daisy with Myrtle has broken his marriage. Like a marriage, it is hard to clean up scattered pieces of broken glass. | Tom Buchanan married to Daisy...pg. 4 polo player...pg. 105
14: "He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive." | This quote from Tom about Myrtle's husband, George, shows how arrogant he is. From this we can tell the levity of Tom and that he thinks it is alright to have an affair with Myrtle, no matter how much he is hurting George Wilson or his own wife, Daisy Buchanan.
15: presumptuous Tom is self-confident because he goes on with his life without the concerns of others. Even though he and Myrtle might be damaging the inner-beauty of their own spouses, they continue to have an affair. No matter how much anyone is hurt by his choices, Tom continues to make them. | competent Tom is so powerful that he thinks he can use others to get what he wants. He uses Myrtle just as an easy target to get out of his house for a while and away from Daisy. He thinks he can bend the rules of marriage just to get his happiness. | antipathetic After all the harm that he causes others by making his own mistakes, Tom thinks it's alright to hurt other people. When he figures out Daisy and Gatsby are having an affair, he decides to confront the situation in a harmful way. Isn't he guilty of the same thing?
16: Gatsby, Why couldn't have Daisy loved me more? After all that I've done for her, she runs to you for protection. I know that I had an affair with Myrtle but I had my reasons. Daisy has no excuse to run off with another man just because she feels lonely. I mean, I have it rough too you know? When I found out that you and Daisy had a thing together, I didn't know what to think. I just wish that Daisy would have talked to me about what was going on before you came and swept her off her feet. What did you have to offer that I didn't? I gave Daisy everything she ever wanted and treated her with respect. Say I'm in denial, but I don't care. Daisy deserved to be with me and not in your arms. In the end, I guess I offered her what she needed anyway. -TB
17: Like this girl with her fingers crossed behind her back, Jordan is dishonest. Not only does she lie when playing golf, she bends the truth to other people. | Jordan Baker -pro golfer (pg. 18)
18: "Jordan Baker instinctively avoided clever, shrewd men, and now I saw that this was because she felt safer on a plane where any divergence from a code would be thought impossible. She was incurably dishonest. She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body." | This quote goes well with Jordan because it shows that she lives two different lives. She might be romantic and seducing, but on the other hand, she is very dishonest. Nick may have feelings for her but she can't be trusted. She lies in her golf game also. Behind her innocent smile that she portrays is a life of lies and selfishness.
19: deceiving Jordan is deceiving because she will lie to anyone to make herself look good. Nick had feelings for Jordan, but because she was a liar, he found her less attractive. If she just would remain true, she would be a better person. | sneering Jordan is sneering because it may look like she's up to good, but she really not be doing that at all. For instance, Nick may think that Jordan is falling in love with him but she may be tricking him through her believable lies. | self-absorbed A liar is self-absorbed because they think about how the truth really makes them look to other people. Like Jordan, many people cover their mistakes with lies. She fakes her bad golf game to prevent herself from looking like a bad player.
20: Dear Gatsby, Why does life have to end so abruptly? I only attended your parties every once in a while and I never really got to know who you really were, but you seemed like a very kind man. I'm jealous of how you can be in a meaningful relationship and I can't. All it seems that Nick wants is some intimate frenzy but I just can't find myself to love him. You had so much with Daisy. You loved her before you went to war and when you met her again 5 years later, It felt like nothing had ever changed in your relationship with her. If only every love could be like that. You make love look so simple. I envy how love comes to you naturally. --Jordan B.
21: Like a cocktail is to a party-goer, Myrtle is to Tom. Tom uses Myrtle as an object of passion. All Myrtle is used for is for a good time away from home. | Myrtle Wilson -husband owned his own body shop (pg.25)
22: "I married him because I thought he was a gentleman...I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe." | This quote represents how selfish Myrtle is and how much she doesn't care about her husband. She married him because she thought he was fit for the job but he ended up not being that for her. I really don't think that he was the one who was the problem. I think Myrtle was oblivious to the truth and was the one who didn't care about her marriage. She cared so little for her husband that she went off and had an affair with another woman's husband while he sat at home not knowing that she was betraying him.
23: haughty Even in the desperate times of the Roaring Twenty's, all Myrtle could care about was herself. If she didn't have it all, she had nothing. She longed for a man to give her what she wanted when she wanted it but both of the men in her life wouldn't do that. | blatant Being blatant is often associated with being a prostitute. Myrtle might not be that but she sure had the values of one. She went around sleeping with another woman's husband and tricked her husband in order to make herself happy. | superficial Myrtle's outer appearance was very well associated with her inner feelings. She was a bigger woman with big problems. All she worried about was finding the perfect man with the perfect money. She was shallow enough to not care what it took to do so.
24: Dear Gatsby, If only you knew how lucky you are. You have someone who loves you and all of the riches imaginable. I can see why Daisy would run to you in a time of distress, longing for comfort. If only Tom loved me the way you loved Daisy. All I was to him a was a weekend getaway. My life was so crummy. The man that I married wasn't fit for me and the one that I loved, Tom that is, wouldn't give me the time of day. If only I had a man like you. You, Gatsby, were caring, loyal, and affectionate to Daisy. All Tom did for me was buy me things and get me drunk. If I could have my life to live over again, I would spend it with a man like you. Love, Myrtle