The Great Gatsby Dialectical JournalCallie BurdrickChapter 1:“This isn’t just an epigram- life is much more successfully looked at through one window, after all.” p. 4In this Nick is saying that he thinks life is better if you look at it through one point of view; however, Nick also says that life isn’t straightforward or just a passing thing. It seems like he wants to avoid seeing who other people really are and just wants to focus on himself and his own problems. Nick doesn’t want to try to see through other windows if he can see through his just fine.“The instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said.” p.17Often when we are so entranced by someone we tend to overlook their flaws, but occasionally we catch a glimpse of their true selves and their image is destroyed. Nick was always so enthralled by her voice that he never really listened to what she said. “‘But we heard it,” insisted Daisy, surprising me by opening up again in a flower-like way. “We heard it from three different people, so it must be true.”’ p.19Daisy’s words here show that she loves gossip- and she believes it too. Even though she is asking Nick if it is true, she’s already trying to confirm that her gossip is right by not giving
him a chance to respond before continues. Additionally, Daisy proves herself unwilling to be incorrect and uncaring if she is indeed correct or not, she just likes the gossip.Chapter Two:“Though I was curious to see her, I had no desire to meet her- but I did.” p. 24This reminds me of my own life because, like Nick, sometimes things happen in my life that I don’t mean to happen. As humans we cannot expect to the world go move along as we please, but sometimes that is how Nick acts. If a situation is not going as he would like it to go, Nick will do what he can to change it to better suit what he wants.“ ‘It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a catholic, and they don’t believe indivorce.’ Daisy was not a catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.” p. 33There was only one way that they would know if Daisy was catholic or not, and that is if Tom told them. Nick knows that is a lie, but at this point he also realizes that Tom wants both Daisy and Myrtle in his life. The lie about Daisy being catholic is smart on Tom’s part because he knows Myrtle cannot argue for a divorce.“Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.” p.37Here in this passage Tom shows who he really is and who he really cares about. Just before Tom hit Myrtle, he had told her she shouldn’t say her name, which could either mean that he is annoyed by Daisy or Myrtle herself. When Tom slaps his mistress for repeatedly saying his wife’s name, he proves that he cares more about his wife than her.