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He goes to Gatsby's, feeling he should tell him something even he doesn't know what, exactly. Gatsby reveals that nothing happened while he kept his watch. Nick suggests Gatsby leave town for a while, certain Gatsby's car would be identified as the "death car. The reader also learns that, when courting, Daisy and Gatsby had been intimate with each other and it was this act of intimacy that bonded him to her inexorably, feeling "married to her.
He excelled in battle and when the war was over, he tried to get home, but ended up at Oxford instead. Daisy didn't understand why he didn't return directly and, over time, her interest began to wane until she eventually broke off their relationship. Moving back to the present, Gatsby and Nick continue their discussion of Daisy and how Gatsby had gone to Louisville to find her upon his return to the United States.
She was on her honeymoon and Gatsby was left with a "melancholy beauty," as well as the idea that if he had only searched harder he would have found her. The men are finishing breakfast as Gatsby's gardener arrives. He says he plans on draining the pool because the season is over, but Gatsby asks him to wait because he hasn't used the pool at all.
Nick, purposely moving slowly, heads to his train. He doesn't want to leave Gatsby, impulsively declaring "They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together. Jordan phones, but Nick cuts her off.
He phones Gatsby and, unable to reach him, decides to head home early. The narrative again shifts time and focus, as Fitzgerald goes back in time, to the evening prior, in the valley of ashes.
George Wilson, despondent at Myrtle's death, appears irrational when Michaelis attempts to engage him in conversation.
By morning, Michaelis is exhausted and returns home to sleep. There he finds Gatsby floating on an air mattress in the pool. Wilson, sure that Gatsby is responsible for his wife's death, shoots and kills Gatsby. Nick finds Gatsby's body floating in the pool and, while starting to the house with the body, the gardener discovers Wilson's lifeless body off in the grass.
Analysis Chapter 8 displays the tragic side of the American dream as Gatsby is gunned down by George Wilson. The death is brutal, if not unexpected, and brings to an end the life of the paragon of idealism.
The myth of Gatsby will continue, thanks to Nick who relays the story, but Gatsby's death loudly marks the end of an era. In many senses, Gatsby is the dreamer inside all of everyone.
Although the reader cheers him as he pursues his dreams, one also knows that pure idealism cannot survive in the harsh modern world. This chapter, as well as the one following, also provides astute commentary on the world that, in effect, allowed the death of Gatsby.
As the chapter opens, Nick is struggling with the situation at hand. He grapples with what's right and what's wrong, which humanizes him and lifts him above the rigid callousness of the story's other characters. Unable to sleep a premonition of bad things to come he heads to Gatsby's who is returning from his all-night vigil outside Daisy's house.
Nick, always a bit more levelheaded and sensitive to the world around him than the other characters, senses something large is about to happen. Although he can't put his finger on it, his moral sense pulls him to Gatsby's.
Upon his arrival, Gatsby seems genuinely surprised his services were not necessary outside Daisy's house, showing again just how little he really knows her.
As the men search Gatsby's house for cigarettes, the reader learns more about both Nick and Gatsby. Nick moves further and further from the background to emerge as a forceful presence in the novel, showing genuine care and concern for Gatsby, urging him to leave the city for his own protection.
Throughout the chapter, Nick is continually pulled toward his friend, anxious for reasons he can't exactly articulate. Whereas Nick shows his true mettle in a flattering light in this chapter, Gatsby doesn't fare as well. He becomes weaker and more helpless, despondent in the loss of his dream.
It is as if he refuses to admit that the story hasn't turned out as he intended. He refuses to acknowledge that the illusion that buoyed him for so many years has vanished, leaving him hollow and essentially empty. As the men search Gatsby's house for the elusive cigarettes, Gatsby fills Nick in on the real story.
For the first time in the novel, Gatsby sets aside his romantic view of life and confronts the past he has been trying to run from, as well as the present he has been trying to avoid. Daisy, it turns out, captured Gatsby's love largely because "she was the first 'nice' girl he had ever known.
Although he doesn't admit it, his love affair with Daisy started early, when he erroneously defined her not merely by who she was, but by what she had and what she represented.The Great Gatsby and New York - Background Discussion. The majority of the action takes place between East Egg and West Egg, which are figurative The Great Gatsby F.
Scott Fitzgerald's novel is a tragic love story, a mystery, and a social commentary on American life. Although it was not a. if someone would place this properly that would be cool. The following quotations are from The Great Gatsby: You may have heard about a legendary exchange between the American novelists F.
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Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby stands as the supreme achievement of his career. Find this Pin and more on Adults: Book Discussion Questions by Mount Prospect Public Library. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald.
There are two versions of this book: the edition, which traces the development of Fitzgerald's fictional technique from This Side of Paradise() through The Great Gatsby (); and the edition, F. Scott Fitzgerald: His Art and His Technique, which reprints the first edition and extends the thesis through to the end of Fitzgerald's.
Feb 17, · The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel about Jay Gatsby's constant quest to win over his love of the past, Daisy Buchanan.
To Gatsby's misfortune, he finds that Daisy is married to the wealthy but cocky Tom Buchanan.