Dialectical Journal:The Great Gatsby”Gatsby turned out alright at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.” Chapter 1 This quote shows the way Nick describes Gatsby before the reader has even had a chance to meet him and before the reader has heard anything about Gatsby’s life. As you advance in the book, pay attention to how this information influences the way you respond to Gatsby’s actions. It feels like Nick has confidence in that the reader’s implied trust of the narrator to boost Gatsby making him seem great by only mentioning good things, and covering his flaws. Nick also seems like he’s saying well maybe I shouldn’t judge him because he could be way worse.
Now Nick feels like Gatsby might be good and proceeds to think that throughout the chapter.”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.” Chapter 1This is a sad take on what is required to be great, as a woman in Daisy’s eyes.
This is a good reason on why Daisy acts like she does. She has never had to really work for anything, she’s had no struggle because of her being rich and well off she has no drive or goals. Daisy feels as if that her life is meaningless to her and she seems like she’s just going through the motions with her life. So since she thinks that not having any goals or a drive to be great is a good thing, she wishes for her daughter to be a “fool” because if she is a fool then she won’t know that she is worth something more and she won’t feel empty or held back.”Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Ch.1The book opens with how we understand Nick’s point of view of everything that happens in the book. Nick wants the reader to perceive him as a reasonable, reserved, nonjudgmental observer, but as the novel progresses, we learn more about him, and we realize that he is actually a snobby and very judgmental observer.
To be honest he probably tries to perceive himself as the complete opposite because he knows that he’s a snobby and not necessarily the best person to narrate, that is why he is so quick to start the book with a explanation of what makes him the best narrator.”Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.” Chapter 2 Gatsby doesn’t necessarily have the best character , but Nick still sees something good in him.
Nick’s impression of Gatsby is that he is rich and he is a person that acts rich but the first time him and Gatsby met he couldn’t tell it was Gatsby he was talking to he thought that Gatsby was just another guest at Gatsby’s party, until Gatsby introduces himself of course. But another reason why Nick probably does this is because he wants to seem like he’s a wise and has a different point of view on these people, so he just says this about Gatsby so he doesn’t appear prejudice.”This is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.” Chapter 2 Nick is describing what it’s like in the middle of the Queens (which you have to pass through when you go from Long Island to Manhattan). The queens is this industrial area full of factories that give off lots of smoke. This smoke pollutes that area. Nick says that it is so polluted that it’s just full of ashes, Nick describes it as everything is made out of ashes and it’s just dark and gloomy.
The fantastic farm is supposed to be green and colorful but instead it’s just full of ash and soot. The factories in this area caused this.I told that boy about the ice.” Myrtle raised her eyebrows in despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders. “These people! You have to keep after them all the time.” She looked at me and laughed pointlessly…
Chapter 2Myrtle acted like a snob in this part of the chapter she thinks that snobby equals fancy which makes her seem really ignorant about the word fancy or what it means to be fancy. She looks down upon the servants like they’re nothing and says how she has to basically “babysit” them so they can do the right thing or the thing she orders them to do. But really she just makes herself look like a very snobby woman that no one would enjoy being around.
This is really Myrtles true colors her true personality, her true self, which is basic, unloyal, and explicit.(Catherine)'”It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic and they don’t believe in divorce.” Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.
‘” Chapter 2Tom made up this lie to blame Daisy as being the reason they are not getting a divorce and he also made up this lie to keep Myrtle as his mistress. He is giving Myrtle a reason for him not leaving his wife and he’s betting that Myrtle is gullible enough to believe this elaborate lie. Nick is shocked because of how well thought out the lie is and how far of a street hit is.
Toms real reason on not getting a divorce is because he doesn’t really want Myrtle he is just simply using her and would never consider marrying her because of the social class that she belongs to he despises them.”Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply—I was casually sorry, and then I forgot.” Chapter 3 This is the ironic remark that Nick makes about Jordan shows that the characters view the woman as objects and something that is below men. Woman still haven’t gotten as much rights as the women today do. The irony in this remark is that nick claims at the beginning of the book to be a reasonable and nonjudgmental observer. But here he reveals his true self and that he isn’t in fact what he says he is which isn’t necessarily shady but it just shows that he’s not truthful.
Nick also feels deeply about this way of thinking, which could be because of the time of the book.”Everyone one 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.” Chapter 3 Nick sounds like he’s just bragging humbly he claims to be the most honest. He brags by saying I’m one of the few honest people. But him thinking this might affect how he interacts or emphasizes with other people since he thinks that he’s above them because of this. Even tho he says he’s honest he lied a paragraph before this.
So this means that he probably isn’t the best narrator. This quote comes at the end of chapter three, which means that we have met every important character, and now we have enough info to lose trust in our narrator”Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.” Chapter 3 This quote comes from a dialogue of people talking about Gatsby. But none of them actually know who he is, what he does, or what his past was like. So this all merely just gossip none of it has been proven true.
This quote also brings up the mystery of Gatsby and how he stirs up everyone’s imagination. It leaves the question who is Gatsby? Is he someone good is he someone bad, this question being left unanswered about Gatsby makes him as a character more interesting and desirable. Gatsby knows that no one knows what he does but he still decides not to lie.”I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited.” Chapter 3 Nick says this because he knows that when Gatsby throws these parties that a lot of people that done even know Gatsby directly go to the parties.
And when they do go they act as if they don’t know how to act in someone else’s house. They treat Gatsby’s house as a public place and not really a private house. This also means that Gatsby doesn’t really have any real friends. A lot of people try to be friends with him for his money and his parties. These large parties that he throws involves a lot of intimacy between the people that of course know each other and Gatsby is the party host (who should be the one that knows everyone) is all alone within all these strangers with no intimacy.”Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across bay. Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night.
He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.” Chapter 4 Gatsby buys a house to be closer to Daisy which shows his love for her. Nick notices this and was told that he moved there because of Daisy and he realizes that whenever Gatsby stands out on his balcony he doesn’t stare at the stars like he thought, he’s staring at Daisy’s house.
This little piece that he put together interested him so much that he decides that Gatsby is worth his time. He also wants to learn more about Gatsby. Anyways this action that Gatsby made which was buying a very expensive house just so he can see Daisy’s and get closer to her is admirable to Nick and of course is what makes the story of Gatsby interesting.”He hurried the phrase ‘educated at Oxford,’ or swallowed it, or choked on it, as though it had bothered him before. And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces, and I wondered if there wasn’t something a little sinister about him, after all.” Chapter 4This quote is from when Nick and Gatsby were talking about Gatsby past in Gatsby’s car. This conversation led to Gatsby slipping up on a lie leading to Nick’s suspicion rising.
Since Nicks suspicion rose he starts to take everything that Gatsby says very lightly and sometimes doesn’t believe him at all if Gatsby says anything remotely suspicious. nick doesn’t believe because of the gossip that was put in his head like the one gossip statement of Gatsby killing people he took that as a fact. All this suspicion led to Nick not believing him the whole time and believing the rumors.
But then Gatsby gives proof to his statements and all of Nick’s suspicion disappears. Which nick doing this says a lot about who he really is and what he’s really like. “I’m going to make a big request of you today,” he said, pocketing his souvenirs with satisfaction, “so I thought you ought to know something about me. I didn’t want you to think I was just some nobody. You see, I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me.
” Chapter 4As Nick and Gatsby get closer Gatsby starts opening up more to Nick which then leads to Nick learning more and more about Gatsby but not enough to tell his Intentions or who he is, which only develops the mystery he has around his life even more. He probably says some the most predictable and least unique excuses or scenarios but Nick ends up believing them because of the evidence Gatsby shows him. Also it seems Gatsby isn’t opening up to Nick to form a bond but so He can get something from the story he’s telling. And Nick needing evidence for everything Gatsby says and Gatsby having actual physical evidence is just weird.”He’s the man who fixed the World’s Series back in 1919″ chapter 4 Gatsby is talking about on of his business associates and friend on how they were able to fix a World Series game. Now Wolfsheim is a infamous gambler.
Which is weird because why is Gatsby hanging around a gambler or a underworld person like this. Could this be because he himself was like this and was working with him. Almost any explanation of how Gatsby got his wealth seems reasonable since no one knows about Gatsby’s past. I mean it’s not a hundred percent that Gatsby gained his wealth while doing illegal activity we haven’t cut that out as a possibility yet. Gatsby being a mystery man doesn’t really make him look like the most honorable men, it rather makes him look shady. “He had passed visibly through two states and was entering upon a third.
After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence. He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now, in the reaction, he was running down like an overwound clock.
” Chapter 5Gatsby obviously has a lot of romantic feeling for Daisy as shown in the quote. Gatsby is so marveled by Daisy that he almost I guess you could say breaks character because he loses control of himself and messes up his well put together self-presentation. But Gatsby doesn’t really know Daisy he’s just marveled by her looks. He seems to think so highly of her to the point where she’s kind of like a god or something great like that, so great that when he does start to really meet her then she will only leave him disappointed and not satisfied.”Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said.
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.
Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.” Chapter 5″The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God–a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that–and he must be about His Father’s Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty.” Chapter 6:(