FC: The Great Gatsby
1: By: Chelsey Miller | Recreated Novel of The Great Gatsby
2: Nick Carraway | Nick is in his 30's, born in the Midwest and a Yale grad, Nick gets involved in the bonds business and moves to West Egg in the summer of 1922. He had once been engaged to a girl out West but for some unknown reason, they had broken up.He is inclined to reserve making judgments about people, a habit which encourages many people to confide in him and tell him secrets that they are too afraid to tell anyone else. At the end of the story, he moves back to the Midwest | Tj Thyne | "Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known." | balancing symbol between happy and sad
3: Jay Gatsby/James Gatz | Hugh Laurie | Gatsby is a fabulously wealthy young man living in West Egg. He is famous for the lavish parties he throws every Saturday night, but no one knows where he comes from, what he does, or how he made his fortune. Gatsby was born James Gatz on a farm in North Dakota; working for a millionaire made him dedicate his life to the achievement of wealth. When he met Daisy while training to be an officer in Louisville, he fell in love with her. Gatsby made his fortune through criminal activity, as he was willing to do anything to gain the social position he thought necessary to win Daisy. Gatsby's power to transform his dreams into reality make him “great.” | Broken heart and time symbol | "Can't repeat the past?Why of course you can!"
4: Daisy Buchanan | Ali Larter | Nick’s cousin, and the woman Gatsby loves. As a young woman in Louisville before the war she fell in love with Gatsby and promised to wait for him. But when a wealthy, powerful young man named Tom Buchanan asked her to marry him, Daisy decided not to wait for Gatsby after all. Now a beautiful socialite, Daisy lives with Tom across from Gatsby in the fashionable East Egg district of Long Island. She is a heartless, money needing woman. | This Symbol means heartless | "All right...I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
5: Tom Buchanan | Edward Maya | Daisy’s wealthy husband, once a member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, Tom is an arrogant, hypocritical man.He is racist and sexist, and he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him. He doesn't care if people know of his affair's with Myrtle, but when he begins to suspect Daisy and Gatsby of having an affair, he becomes outraged and forces a confrontation. | destructive symbol | "The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be -- will be utterly submerged... It's up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things."
6: Jordan Baker | Paula Creamer | Daisy’s friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved with. A competitive golfer, Jordan is cynical, boyish, and self-centered. Jordan is beautiful, but also dishonest: she cheated in order to win her first golf tournament and continually bends the truth. Jordan is a liar and as arrogant as the other rich men and women. | "I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone's away. There's something very sensuous about it - overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands." | She's a liar
7: Myrtle Wilson | Tom’s lover and Georges wife. Her husband George owns a run-down garage in the valley of ashes. Myrtle desperately looks for a way to improve her situation. She chooses to want to be with Tom and all his wealth, but he only has her around to have an escape and give her one as well. | Elizabeth Taylor | Envy Symbol | "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."
8: George Wilson | Myrtle’s husband, the hardworking owner of a run-down auto shop at the edge of the valley of ashes. George loves Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair but don't know who with. George is consumed with grief when Myrtle is killed. George is comparable to Gatsby in that both are dreamers and both are ruined by their unrequited love for women who love Tom. | Owen Wilson's | confusion symbol | "God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!"
9: Chapter One | "I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool... You see, I think everything's terrible anyhow... And I know. I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything."
10: Chapter Two | “They’ve been living over that garage for eleven years. And Tom’s the first sweetie she ever had.”
11: Chapter Three | “This is an unusual party for me. I haven’t even seen the host. I live over there, and this man Gatsby sent over his chauffeur with an invitation.”
12: “I’ll tell you God’s truth. I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West — all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.” | Chapter four
13: "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." | Chapter Five
14: "Can't repeat the past?... Why of course you can!" | Chapter Six
15: Chapter Seven | "I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out."
16: Chapter Eight | "God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God!"
17: Chapter Nine | "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money of their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."