Shortly after this Gatsby says that "Her voice is full of money", referring to Daisy. This simple line clearly shows how tied the idea of wealth to Daisy in his mind. If there is any true love between the two, ithas been preserved by Gatsby's lust for wealth and possessions and Daisy becomes another object to him at times. Like the green light, Daisy herself is symbolic to Gatsby of all that he can have.There is a single-mindedness to Gatsby once he sets his sights on something. After the accident Gatsby seems oblivious to the fact that awoman was killed by he and Daisy. His only concern is for Daisy. As Nick explains what happened he says of that "He [Gatsby] spoke as if Daisy's reaction was the only thing that mattered". Despite all that has happened Gatsby is still fixated on Daisy.Chapter 8 Summary1.Early the next morning Nick goes over to check up on Gatsby. 2.He has been at Daisy's all night, watching to see if she was safe. He and Nick stay up talking about Gatsby's past. 3.Gatsby is being very honest with Nick and tells him that Daisy was the first nice girl he had ever really met. 1.He was in love with her and planned on marrying her but the warsplit them apart. 2.When it was over he intended to go back and marry her but ended up at Oxford instead. 3.When he finally made it back to America and went to Louisville, he could not find Daisy. 4.She was on her honeymoon with Tom Buchanan. b.Nick has to leave Gatsby to get to work. He is concerned about him, but Gatsby insists that he will be fine. c.After Nick leaves Gatsby decides to go swimming in his pool and relax.d.Nick now tells the reader about what happened at Wilson's to start the chain of events that would occur. e.Michaelis has stayed with Wilson to make sure that he is all right.
f.Wilson tells Michaelis that someone killed Myrtle on purpose, whoever was having the affair with her. Michaelis thinks it is all nonsense and tries to talk reasonably to Wilson. He ends up staying there until late. g.A man Michaelis recognized from the day of the accident offers to stay with Wilson. When Michaelis returns, both Wilson and the man are gone. Wilson had gone looking for Gatsby. h.Someone had told him that Gatsby was involved. When Wilson finally finds Gatsby's home he shoots Gatsby in his pool and then kills himselfas well.Chapter 8 AnalysisWhen Gatsby opens up to Nick about his past, we see why he acts the way he does. He has a romantic view on what happened between he and Daisy and it is because of this that he tries so hard to get it back. Whether it is real or not, we cannot be sure, but it is very real to Gatsby and that is all that matters to him. This story also shows the profound impact Daisy had on Gatsby's thoughts of wealth. All of his memories of her are tied to the glamour and richness of her life. The large, beautiful house and the fine clothing. It is more than Daisy that he has fallen for, it is the mystique of wealth that she has. He wants it as well, and believes that by having Daisy he can obtain it.
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- Summer '16
- Patricia Terry
- The Great Gatsby