Please provide straight to the point answers. Thank you. 1. At the...
Please provide straight to the point answers. Thank you.
1. At the end of Chapter 5, Fitzgerald concludes with an observation by Nick about Gatsby's afternoon with Daisy. Reread the following passage and then answer the question that follows using textual evidence for support.
"As I went over to say good-by I saw that the expression of bewilderment had come back to Gatsby's face, as though a faint doubt had occurred to him as to the quality of his present happiness. Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way."
Give two detailed examples of parts of Gatsby's life that contributed to an illusion in his mind that was outrageous or hard to compete with. Please include one quote for support.
2. The theme that attaining a goal/dream is much less satisfying than aspiring to one applies perfectly to The Great Gatsby. How does Gatsby's love of Daisy support this theme? Please give three reasons.
3. How does the conflict between Gatsby and Daisy come to a boiling point in Chapter 7? Choose and describe two significant events of the chapter and how they affect (or may affect) Gatsby and Daisy's relationship. Please use at least one quote for support.
4. What is the nature of Tom and Daisy's true relationship? Write a brief paragraph explaining how they got together, why they have remained together, and what keeps them together now despite Gatsby's love and Tom's affairs.
5. Now that you have finished the novel, reread and reevaluate Nick's words in the opening chapter of the novel. He says:
"Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction — Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the "creative temperament."— it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No — Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men."
Using this passage for support, explain why Fitzgerald, after much debate, ultimately decided to title the novel The Great Gatsby. Please give three reasons and use one quote from the passage for support.
Unlock full access to Course Hero
Explore over 16 million step-by-step answers from our libraryGet answer
Our verified expert tutors typically answer within 15-30 minutes.