Chapter 9 28. The East is associated with a fast-paced lifestyle, parties, crumbling moral values, and pursuit of wealth, while the West and the Midwest are associated with traditional moral values. Nick realizes for that though his story is set on the East Coast, the western upbringing of his acquaintances is the source of the story’s tensions and attitudes. He considers their behavior and choices as a reaction to the wealth-obsessed culture of New York. This perspective contributes powerfully to Nick’s decision to leave the East Coast. 29. This quote is Nick’s conclusion of Gatsby’s significance and the meaning of his actions. People chase dreams even though those dreams keep getting farther away. 30. Nick sees Tom and Daisy continuing on as before and is disgusted by their carelessness and shallowness.
carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made .... ” Characters Name Role in the Story Significance Adjectives 1. Nick Carraway 2. Jay Gatsby 3. Tom Buchanan 4. Daisy Buchanan 5. Myrtle Wilson 6. George Wilson 1. Narrator 2. Having an affair with Daisy Buchanan 3. Married to Nick’s cousin, Daisy 4. Tom Buchanan’s wife 5. Married to George Wilson and is having an affair with tom Buchanan 6. Myrtle’s husband 1. Links all characters together 2. Characterizes West Eggers and has a relationship with Daisy 3. Helps characterize East Eggers 4. Represents the women of the elite. She is in an unhappy marriage with Tom Buchanan 5. Represents the lower class women. Although she becomes involved with Tom Buchanan, an East Egger. 6. Represents the people that live in the Valley of Ashes. Does not suspect that Myrtle is having an affair and is a mechanic in the 1. Observant, wallflower, greenhorn 2. “New money”, determined, lovesick fool 3. “Old money”, racist hypocrite, snob, control freak 4. Sociable, mesmerizing, shallow, selfish, attention hoe 5. Energetic, attracted to strong men, mistress 6. Ignorant, submissive, faithful
7. Jordan Baker 8. Catherine 9. Meyer Wolfsheim 10. Owl eyes 11. The Sloane’s 7. A professional golfer who is close friends with Daisy and Tom Buchanan 8. Sister of Myrtle Wilson 9. Gambler, friends with Gatsby 10. Nick meets him at the first Gatsby party he attended and is drunk 11. Friends of Tom Buchanan who frequently ride horses together. 12. Informs Tom that Valley. 7. Represents the elite women and visits the Buchanan residence frequently 8. When Tom and Myrtle travel to New York to have their affair, they tell George Wilson that they are visiting Catherine. 9. Wolfsheim is a gambler and the fact that he is still close to Gatsby tell about the type of people Gatsby surrounds himself with. 10. Owl eyes was surprised that Gatsby's books were real 11. The Sloane’s attend the dinner with Gatsby and Tom and have a firsthand experience of the tension between the two.
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