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YinQi XieENG4Ud8J. AtkinsonFeb 4, 2019Active Reading Notes: The Great GatsbyCHAPTER ONESetting-Summer, 1922-Long Island New York-Two Long Island peninsulas, West Egg and East Egg-West Egg- Nick Caraway’s bungalow home and Jay Gatsby’s mansion- “the less fashionable of the two” (5)-East Egg-Tom Buchanan’s mansion-location is more wealthy and prestigious-“the white palaces of fashionable East Egg” (6)New CharactersNick Caraway-Comes from the midwest to work in the bond business-Originally from Minnesota-Narrates the novel-Lives next door to Gatsby-Learned from his father to be highly moral and tolerant of others-Midwest morals taught to him by his father, as he “is inclined toreserve all judgements” (1)-claims to have Midwest values yet he is connected to the eliteupper circle on East Egg-Daisy is his cousin, knows Tom from Yale-Hates what the “new money” in West Egg represents, yet hereveals that he admires Gatsby-Fought in the war (missed Daisy’s wedding because of such)Jay Gatsby
-A neighbour who lives in the huge mansion next door to Nick onWest Egg-Throws huge celebration parties-Lives a “colossal affair by any standards” (5)-“Represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn”(2) however Nick also described him as “there was somethinggorgeous about him”(2)-Nick usually scorns people like Gatsby but that he “turned outalright”(2) and that he had “an extraordinary gift for hope …such as I have never found in any other person.” (2)-Daisy is very interested when Jordan tells Nick that she knows hisneighbour Gatsby, foreshadowing some sort of connectionbetween Daisy and GatsbyTom Buchanan-Daisy’s wealthy, arrogant, boisterous husband who recentlycame to East Egg-Knows of Nick from Yale-Daisy's husband-Recently moved to East Egg-Is not monogamous and is unfaithful to Daisy with “some womanin New York”(16)-Physically abuses Daisy – she shows her black and blue knuckle-He wasn’t there when their daughter was born because he waswith the other woman-Considers himself an intellectual, with profound insights oncivilization when in essence he is a white supremacist-Extremely arrogant and self-centredDaisy Buchanan-Comes from an elite social class-Nick’s second cousin-Living a very boring and unfulfilled life-Has a baby girl-Married to Tom-Friends with Jordan Baker-Portrayed as very breezy and shallow, talking with “a banteringinconsequence.” (13) “in her low thrilling voice.” (9)
Jordan Baker-Daisy’s beautiful friend-a professional golfer-a socialite who Nick recognized and heard “…a critical,unpleasant story” (19)-Always yawning, suggesting that, like Daisy, she is bored withher privileged life-A gossipas she told Nick about Tom’s unfaithfulness, said “Ithought everybody knew” (15)-Has gone to Gatsby partiesPlot Development-Begins with commentary ofhimself and his values set his character asout of the elite class-Brought up by his father and shows pride in his family-

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