Heather Payne The Great Gatsby Annotations Summary of Chapter 1, pgs 1-21 Nick, the narrator, tells the reader about his family, his school, his career, and where he lives now, in West Egg. One day he drove over to East Egg to visit Tom Buchanan, who he knew in college, and his wife Daisy Buchanan, who was a relative of Nick’s. A friend of Daisy’s, Miss Baker, dines with them and they all have conversations. During dinner, a phone call comes in for Tom, which Miss Bakers tells Nick that it is Tom’s mistress. When Nick begins to leave, Daisy and Tom stop him to ask if it’s true that he was engaged, which angered Nick slightly. When he got home, Nick was outside when he saw Gatsby. He had made to call for him, but stopped. He looked across the water and when he looked back at Gatsby, he was gone. Pg 14 vocab: extemporizing, verb- to perform an act or utter something in an impromptu manner; improvise. Pg 19 vocab: libel, noun- anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents. Pg 1 quote: “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” This is an important quote from Nick’s father, which is the reason why Nick is slow to judge people, if he does so at all. Pg 17 Lit elem personification: “Inside, the crimson room bloomed with light.” Pg 17 quote and connection: “’I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s all a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’” By Daisy saying this, it explains her acting like an airhead and shows that in the culture of the 1920’s, a woman was only going to get by if she was beautiful and foolish. Pg 13 comment/deduction: By Tom’s talking about race, I can tell he will make an ass out of himself as he seems blunt and not caring about being polite.
Heather Payne Summary of Chapter 2, pgs 23-38 Tom takes Nick to a dusty town half-way between West Egg and New York, where Nick met his mistress, Mrs. Wilson. They walked around together in New York; Mr. Wilson thinking his wife was at her sister’s. Tom bought his mistress a dog before the four of them went to Tom and Myrtle’s apartment, where Tom met Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, and the McKees. At the small get together, Nick got drunk for only the second time in his life and he and Catherine talked about Tom and Myrtle’s affair. Tom and Myrtle had a bit of a row, and then in the early morning, Nick found himself lying half asleep in the Pennsylvania Station. Pg 24 vocab: supercilious, adj – disdainful, arrogant Pg 26 comment/deduction: Myrtle seems perfect for Tom as they have a lot in common in way of being rude and pretty bossy. If Mr. Wilson had a backbone and didn’t let her walk all over him, I don’t think she would be having an affair.
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