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The great gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Review of The Harlem Jazz Age

Chapter 7 Analysis

May 2011

Review harlem and the jazz age
Review, Harlem and the Jazz Age

  • Thousands of African Americans migrated north – major increase in population between 1910 and 1920

  • New industry jobs – Henry Ford’s automotive factories

  • Harlem – center for African American artists from 1910 – 1930

  • Harlem Renaissance literary greats – poet Langston Hughes, author Zora Neale Huston, writer Richard Wright and political thinker W.E.B. DuBois

    • Musicians – Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, etc.

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Review, Harlem and the Jazz Age

  • Improvements to interracial relations – blacks and whites collaborate on music

    • Whites supporting this movement – Negrotarian

  • Jazz musicians from New Orleans to New York to California overcame racial racial differences

  • Harlem Renaissance forced artists to come to terms with new definitions of race made possible through various art forms

Chapter seven summary
Chapter Seven – Summary

  • Gatsby no longer threw lavish parties

  • Servants were all fired to ensure Daisy does not get exposed to gossip

  • Daisy invites Nick, Jordan and Gatsby to lunch at her house

    • Daisy introduces her daughter – Gatsby shocked

  • Tom realizes there are romantic feelings between Gatsby and Daisy

  • Daisy = voice full of money

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Chapter Seven – Summary

  • Tom wants to pick an argument with Gatsby – all head to NYC and get a suite at the Plaza

    • Stop at Wilson’s garage prior in Valley of Ashes

    • Taking Myrtle out west

    • Myrtle overcome by jealousy of Jordan

  • Tom panics – losing both his wife and Myrtle

  • Tom confronts Gatsby, whom he considers to be “lower-class”

  • Nick’s birthday

Chapter seven analysis
Chapter Seven – Analysis

  • Pivotal event – climax and tragic conclusion of Gatsby and Daisy romance

  • No need for lavish parties because he has already reconnected with Daisy

    • Fires servants because he is now concerned about his reputation in front of Daisy

  • Daisy very indiscreet – invites Gatsby to her house for lunch with her husband

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Chapter Seven – Analysis


  • Tom profoundly insecure – obsessed with his own downfall and the downfall of civilization itself

    • When finds out about Gatsby and Daisy, he then retaliates with a smirk – intermarriage between races

  • Believes he is Western civilization's greatest achievement – views the end of the world and interracial marriage to be equally catastrophic

  • Affair between Gatsby and Daisy = decline of civilization

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Chapter Seven – Analysis

Tom continued,

  • Less concerned about infidelity than the fact that Daisy is involved with a man of less social class

  • He does not regard his affair with even lower-class Myrtle in the same light

  • Realizes Daisy would never desert her aristocratic husband for “a common bootlegger,” regardless of her love for him

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Chapter Seven – Analysis


  • “Old” vs. “New” money

  • Daisy = aristocrat, wealth and privilege available at birth, her voice is “full of money”

    • a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, especially the hereditary nobility (“old” money)

  • Daisy represents wealth and elegance for which Gatsby has yearned for all his life – he loses Daisy for the same reason he adores her, her patrician arrogance

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Chapter Seven – Analysis

  • Unable to believe Daisy is a mother, unable to admit that time has passed in the last five years, until he meets Daisy’s daughter

  • Daisy treats her child similar to a doll and leaves her in control of the nanny

  • Selfish, immature Daisy is essentially a child herself

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Chapter Seven – Analysis

  • Both Gatsby and Tom regard Daisy as something to take care of – Gatsby says to Tom, “you are not going to take care of her anymore.”

    • Incapable of independent action

  • Daisy is a spectator in this chapter, weak

  • Daisy’s carelessness and stupidity lead to the death of Myrtle Wilson – Gatsby forced to leave the scene and hide the car

  • Gatsby’s decision to take blame for Myrtle’s death shows his love for Daisy is undisputable – unchanged

    • Gatsby, although involved in criminal activities, is seen as noble

Chapter seven key questions
Chapter Seven – Key Questions

  • Who is Trimachio? Explain how this describes Gatsby.

  • Describe Daisy and Gatsby's new relationship.

  • Compare George Wilson and Tom. What did each man learn about his wife and how did they each react?

  • If Daisy says she's never loved Tom, is there someone whom she thinks she loves?

  • Describe the fight between Gatsby and Tom. What do these men think of each other? How are they similar and how are they different?

  • What was significant about Nick's 30th birthday?

  • What do you think Tom and Daisy were saying to each other in the kitchen? Do you think that Tom knew Daisy was driving the "death car"? Why, why not?

  • At this point, how would you end the novel?