great gatsby study guide - The Great Gatsby Study Guide...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
The Great Gatsby Study Guide Chapter One 1. Explain what Fitzgerald achieved by using Nick’s point of view to tell Gatsby’s story? He’s able to analyze and criticize. 2. What do we learn about Nick Carraway in the introductory section of the novel? From a good family, in bonds. 3. In discussing East Egg and West Egg, Nick states: “To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size.” Indicate what the “dissimilarities” might be. Type of people that live there, type of homes they have. 4. Compare the home of Nick, Gatsby, and the Buchanans. How does each home reflect the personality of its owner? Nick’s is inexpensive; Gatsby’s is showy; the Buchanans’ represents old money. 5. Fitzgerald’s description of Tom, Daisy, and Jordan creates not only an impression of physical appearance, but also contains added information. What do you learn about their history and interests from their gestures and mannerisms? Tom’s having an affair and is abusive; Daisy is superficial and delicate; Jordan is independent and athletic. 6. When Nick leaves the Buchanans’ house, he is “confused and a little disgusted.” Why? He doesn’t understand why Daisy stays with Tom; he wants her to take the baby and leave. 7. Though we do not meet Gatsby until Chapter 3, we hear references to him in the conversations of others. What impressions do you get? Various: mostly he’s a man of mystery, related to Kaiser Wilhelm. Chapter Two 8. In what way is the description in the opening paragraphs of Chapter 2 appropriate to the total atmosphere of this chapter? What is symbolic about the “Valley of Ashes” and “the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg”?
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Page 2 Morality -- a lack of it, lifeless, moral grotesqueness. Eyes serve as a reminder. 9. Evaluate Myrtle’s talk of her unhappy marriage. What does she seem to be trying to justify? She thinks she’s better than her husband. She’s trying to justify her affair. 10. How does Myrtle’s speech reveal her character? She’s simple and materialistic. 11. What does the scene in the New York apartment reveal about Tom? About Myrtle? Tom: violent, selfish. Myrtle: puts on airs, sexual, materialistic. 12. Does Nick enjoy the afternoon at the apartment in New York? Why or why not? No, he wants to get out and walk around the park. Yet he’s intrigued by the group. Chapter Three 13. Chapter 3 describes Gatsby’s “little party”. Enumerate details about the party itself, about their conversation and behavior. Party: elaborate and weekends, guests: came and went, superficial intros, behavior (everyone wants something). 14. Describe the meeting between Nick and Gatsby. Comment on Fitzgerald’s skill in preparing for Gatsby’s entrance into the story. Gatsby is portrayed as polite, unassuming, ready to please.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern