Patciance Bennett 4/5/19 11-3 Entry for 4/5/19: (Jot down specifically how you spend the hour). Example: Reader is introduced to narrator, Nick Carraway. He describes his childhood, how he ended up in New York, and how he is ‘related’ distantly to Daisy. He also talks about the values he was brought up with and what his dad told him blah blah blah…… Vocab I noticed: vulnerable, Quotes or Ideas that seem important: Notes from 4/4/19 - Background Information East Egg- “old money” (rich for generations) (the Buchanans, Tom and Daisy) vs West Egg- “new money” (Gatsby) Valley of Ashes (Myrtle and her husband) Narrator - Nick Carraway (outsider) Taking place in 1920’s in New York City “Roaring Twenties”; Jazz Age; right before Great Depression;right after World War I; Economic ‘Boom’ (times are good); PARTY; Enjoy life; spend money; Prohibition 18th amendment (outlaw of sales and manufacture of liquor)--Gangsters/Mafia thrived selling alcohol (and pills); “SpeakEasy” = illegal nightclub; great corruption/blackmail; materialist = love of things; IMAGE=EVERYTHING; Harlem Renaissance (rebirth art, dance, literature, music, culture, performance----as a result what groups got together? Answer: African American artists (of all kinds) + rich white business people and professionals = great celebration of ART AND DANCE AND FUN Chapter one; The Great Gatsby introduces the narrator, Nick Carraway, and establishes the context and setting of the novel. Nick begins by explaining his own situation. Nick has rented a small house that is nestled between many large mansions.
Symbols; The Green Light. Situated at the end of Daisy's East Egg dock and barely visible from Gatsby's West Egg lawn, the green light represents Gatsby's hopes and dreams for the future. Gatsby associates it with Daisy, and in Chapter 1 he reaches toward it in the darkness as a guiding light to lead him to his goal. Words I don’t know; Supercilious: behaving as if you think that other people are less important than you; arrogant. Chapter 2; Nick is taking the train into New York City with Tom Buchanan. He begins the chapter by describing an area he calls a valley of ashes. The two man leave the train and walk to a car repair garage.
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