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BC: Copyright © Mrs. Perlman's AP English Section 5 2013

FC: The Script

1: Nick's Funeral by Erin Annunziato, Cora Dimmig, Alev Erhan, Dana Finore, Rachel Stone, and Kaitlin Tomlinson

2: Comments and Analysis: Zelda represents the upper-class society and their complete and utter disregard for social manners. She believes she can get away with whatever she wants, and as indicated by the lack of a comment from the other characters, the audience knows she can. "Dame" is 1920s lingo meaning, "A female"

3: As guests arrive, Dana is standing at the door handing out the prayer cards, the chairs are set up in pew form with Daisy, Tom, and Jordan sitting in the front row and Fitzgerald seated at the circle table, Nick’s coffin is at the front of the room under the SmartBoard, and the flowers are next to the coffin. Dana: Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for gathering here today as I am sure you have other festivities to be attending. A drunken Zelda walks in (from Steinberg’s room). Zelda: I’M HERE! DON’T START WITHOUT ME NOW! Zelda sits down with Fitzgerald, who gets up to close the door. Dana: As I was saying, we are gathered here today to celebrate the life– Zelda: (raising the bottle and throwing her flower towards the coffin) THE DEATH! Dana: –The life of Mr. Nicholas Carraway. Mr. Carraway was an open minded, handsome young fellow, as well as a dear friend. On behalf of Mr. Carraway’s friends, would the dame Ms. Jordan Baker please come up. Jordan moves to the front of the room.

4: Comments and Analysis: Although Jordan never really showed her emotions, she liked Nick and would have pursued a relationship with him if it were not for his lack of wealth. Thus, she is reminiscent of the emotions she did not let herself feel. "Bee's knees" is 1920s lingo meaning, "An extraordinary person" Since Fitzgerald created this world in The Great Gatsby, it is fitting for him to be in attendance at Nick’s funeral, offering insight and analysis to each of the characters he created. Fitzgerald’s comments have sophisticated and superfluous diction to mirror his signature writing style. "Attagirl" is 1920s lingo meaning, "Well done"

5: Dana: Ms. Baker has prepared a song in memory of Mr. Carraway. Jordan: I’m not good at telling people my emotions, but here goes nothing. Jordan turns around and kneels in front of the coffin. She sings her song. Zelda: Well ain’t she just the bee’s knees! Everyone freezes while Fitzgerald speaks. Music stops. Daisy shines the flashlight on him. Fitzgerald: When I created Jordan Baker I wrote, “The bored haughty face she turned to the world concealed something.” Her nose perched so high was really a mask pulled so low to conceal her human emotions and her human vices. Nick was attracted to her not only for her vivacity and sophistication, but for the purity he thought lied underneath. What he found, what we found, was dishonesty and carelessness, a lack of human compassion, representative of her class that Nick found so grotesque. You see, both her first and last name are fittingly cars from this roaring era, and like them she has great capacity for destruction. Everyone unfreezes and the music plays. Dana: Attagirl Ms. Baker. Ms. Daisy Buchanan would you please come forward. Jordan places her flower on the coffin and sits down. Daisy steps up.

6: Comments and Analysis: "Big Cheese" is 1920s lingo meaning, "The most important and influential person" "On the lam" is 1920s lingo meaning, "Fleeing from the police" There was a great deal of significance in the similarities between Daisy and Zelda. For Zelda, a marriage was a new life, a way out of the small-town life she led in Montgomery, Alabama under her parents roof. Zelda would not marry Fitzgerald at first because of his lack of money (she actually broke off their engagement when Fitzgerald claimed that he needed her by his side to be successful), just as Daisy would not go to her true love, Gatsby. This is indicative of the corruption of the time and the gap between the rich and the poor.

7: Jordan places her flower on the coffin and sits down. Daisy steps up. Daisy: Nick was a dear cousin of mine. He moved to my area in the East for a summer; we had a good adventure. I received Nick’s will earlier today, as I am the closest family that he had. He wasn’t the Big Cheese, so he didn’t have an extravagant amount of material items. However, Tom, he wanted to give you his Yale sweatshirt so you would always remember the fun you had there, often on the lam. Daisy hands Tom the sweatshirt. Daisy: (quizzically) And Jordan, even though you two ended your relationship on ill terms, he did like you at one point. I’m not sure why, but he gave you a mask. It must mean something to you... Daisy hands Jordan the mask. Daisy: Now then, the next item is... is a car... Daisy trails off, looking tearful and reminiscent. Everyone freezes while Fitzgerald presents. Music stops. Tom shines the flashlight on him. Fitzgerald: Daisy, Daisy Buchanan. She is someone I find myself quite familiar with (glances at Zelda), perhaps even more than Nick and Gatsby. Outwardly

8: Comments and Analysis: Tom steps in to take over when Daisy becomes flustered, showing how Daisy lets Tom rule her life. She submits to him and does not stand up for her own beliefs. "Says you" is 1920s lingo expressing disbelief Gatsby left all of his possessions to Daisy because she was his one true love. Tom is reading the letter from Nick, very confused. As his first insight into who Daisy truly is and who she really loves, Tom discovers this information only after Nick has past. He must either disregard Nick's comments or speak to his wife about it. The reader certainly knows which option he would choose...

9: enchanting, a sensuous siren of great beauty, wealth, mystery, and intrigue, her irresistible voice calling Gatsby to the very depths of her perilous world. She is a dreamer, nostalgic of her fling with Gatsby but too cowardly and selfish to pursue it at the risk of her comfort, bolting at the first sign of insecurity. She is human, simply too human to meet Gatsby’s expectations and too careless to sense the consequences of her devastating retreat. She is a good representation of the amoral values of the 1920s aristocratic class. Tom steps up to Daisy. Music comes back on. Tom: Here Daisy, let me take that. Where were you? Ah the car. The car is left to Daisy... Daisy? Nick didn’t have a very nice car; why would you want... oh it’s Gatsby’s car! Wait there’s a letter attached here that Nick wrote before he died. It’s addressed specifically to you, Daisy. I’ll read it, maybe it explains why on earth he has Gatsby’s car and furthermore why he would leave it to you; you’re not a very good driver, if anything he should have left it to me... Zelda: Says you! Tom: “My cousin, Daisy. I am writing to inform you that I need to see you again. When you left with Tom that day that the love of your life, Gatsby, died, he left all of his possessions to you. When you refused to take

10: Comments and Analysis: Again, Tom informing Daisy what she will do with the item that was left to her illustrates that Tom still controls her life.

11: responsibility of your actions and your dreams, you gave all of his possessions to me. You want me to clean up your mess, just as Gatsby wanted me to help him clean up his. But this car I refuse to keep. I will give it to when I see you next, which, as I said, must be soon. A car like this has no place out west, where I am living now. Do with it what you like; it’s your business now.” That’s the end. That’s odd... I wonder why he never sent it to you. No matter, I don’t want to keep the car – it killed that poor woman. Daisy, we can give to charity or something. That’s the last item on the will. Everyone freezes while Fitzgerald reads. Music stops. Jordan shines the flashlight on him. Fitzgerald: And Tom. Simple, condescending, brutish, wealthy, and not altogether unusual in my experience. Controlling those around him like chess pieces, he never relinquishes his violent grip despite his own lack of commitment. Despite a certificate from Yale, he shows none of its famed brilliance, only the remains of a man once corruption has devoured him. Although he would like to be, he is no friend of Nick’s, only a man seeking confirmation of his position as the center of attention. Daisy and Tom set their flowers on the coffin and sit down. Music comes back on. Everyone starts to talk quietly.

12: Comments and Analysis: "Beat your gums" is 1920s lingo meaning, "Idle chatter" "Get a wiggle" is 1920s lingo meaning, "Get a move on" "Heenie-Jeebies" is 1920s lingo meaning, "The jitters" Many experts thought that Zelda had schizophrenia. Her comment here simply shows the effects of this disease. Fitzgerald’s eulogy is at the end of the ceremony to offer insight of the story as a whole and the connections seen between himself and the characters in the book, and between his life and the actions of characters.

13: Dana: Everyone stop beating your gums– Zelda: Can this ceremony get a wiggle on? You’re giving me the Heebie-Jeebies... Dana: –our ceremony is soon coming to a close. Can Fitzgerald please come up to say the final words. Fitzgerald moves to the podium. Fitzgerald: I have never felt quite so somber at a funeral, particularly when held for one that lived solely on the pages of my work. Today, I say goodbye to a great confidant, a great voice of reason, a great ordinary man of ordinary means. In creating both Gatsby and our friend Nick Carraway, I pulled not from my imagination, but from the opposing forces of my own character. In a way, the three of us began our journeys together, middle class boys from the Midwest, surrounded by wealth but never quite belonging in its arms. We each served our time in the military and had our passionate encounters with romance. After which we forged our own paths, leading us all to the East, this land of great forgotten dreams and trampled honor where Gatsby and Nick would begin to distinguish themselves as aspects of my identity. While Gatsby and I continued on our quest to achieve the unattainable, and the only thing that has always

14: Comments and Analysis: Fitzgerald looks at Zelda and Daisy because he never truly understood his wife, just as Gatsby could never comprehend why Daisy would not leave Tom to be with him.

15: seemed quite incomprehensible – women – (look at Zelda and Daisy), Nick managed to detach himself from the grasp of his relationship to pursue his ambitions for his personal gain, not the acceptance of another. Alas, but even Nick joined us in the clutches of a relationship he could not afford, with a woman of wealth who valued wealth. We all struggled to peer through the windows of this world of material pleasures and great opulence to which we never belonged before, but unlike Gatsby and myself, who became ensnared in the mirage of status and decadence, Nick pulled away before he could fall in. In a way, he is the man I desired to find within myself, the voice of reason I brought with me on my escapades of the East, which I kept buried until quite recently, the voice within me that scorned my wild behavior and withheld nothing in the candid cruelty of his judgment. This man was born from the intersection of my infatuation with this glamorous and sordid Jazz Age, and the disgust I felt for myself through the fog of the gin. Fitzgerald places his flower on the coffin takes his seat. Dana: Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for coming here today. The ceremony will continue on the burial grounds. Does anyone else have anything to say?

16: Comments and Analysis: "Jibber-jabber" is 1920s lingo meaning, "Idle chatter" This again illustrates how the upper-class live in 1920s society. During prohibition, they were still able to get alcohol. They have no social graces and they take no responsibilities for their actions. Fitzgerald dances during this as well to show that even he is corrupted by the times, unable to escape the fraudulent life the characters in his book lead. According to Hemingway, Zelda encouraged Fitzgerald to drink in order to distract him from his work. Mrs. Perlman has the Dr. Eckleburg's glasses to represent the highest power in the classroom, as they represented the eyes of the almighty power in the novel. As Dana raises her glass, we see that even she, the funeral coordinator, is unable to avoid the lives of corruption that these people led. We chose to conclude Nick’s funeral with the last words of the book because it reflects that this world still lives on and the corruption is not resolved.

17: Zelda: (moving to the front of the room to grab another bottle of alcohol) Stop all this jibber-jabber, and let’s party! Change to party scene. Music changes. Everyone dances. Zelda: (to Fitzgerald) Come on. Relax. Have a drink! Everyone freezes. Music stops. Dana: Look at them, each sipping their drink hoping every ounce of alcohol will prevent them from having to face their fears and realities. Everyone was gathered here today with the intention of showing their sincere moral sentiments for their friend, yet coming here today was nothing more than an obligation. Look at Zelda, drowning herself in a drunken stupor, and the others who are letting the rhythm of the music consume their being. Their euphoric faces show no sign of shame and dishonor as the eyes of the greater power (points to Mrs. Perlman) scowl upon their actions. It can be said that the 1920s is an era in which materialism and the thrill of jazz jeopardize one's self morals and values. Social enjoyment has reached a new status quo. With that being said, drinks all around! (raises her glass) Corruption is degrading the ideals of the American dream, but there are those who will forever be in search of the destination. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

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