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Chapters 3-4. Characterization Gatsby: In chapter 1, Nick referred to Gatsby’s “extraordinary gift for hope.” This gift now inspires similar hope in Nick, but Gatsby’s charm dims with the absurd “old sport” affectation (artificial).

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Chapters 3-4
  • Characterization
    • Gatsby: In chapter 1, Nick referred to Gatsby’s “extraordinary gift for hope.” This gift now inspires similar hope in Nick, but Gatsby’s charm dims with the absurd “old sport” affectation (artificial).
    • Gatsby’s biography is a strange mixture of truth and fiction, although Nick seems to buy it.
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Chapters 3-4
  • Jordan: Nick feels she has used deception most of her life; she fits right into Tom’s dishonest world.
  • Daisy: Through flashback, we learn about Daisy’s indecision to marry Tom. Wealth and proximity seemed to be his main attractions.
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Chapters 3-4
  • Style/Mood
    • Notice how chapter 2 ended with the party at the apartment; chapter 3 begins with party at Gatsby’s.
    • This is done to emphasize the contrasts between social classes.
    • Myrtle’s party is cramped, closed in; Gatsby’s is huge and formal.
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Chapters 3-4
  • Both feature heavy drinking and a superficial air of camaraderie; both end in physical damage.
  • Both reinforce the mood of false gaiety overlying potential tragedy.
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Chapters 3-4
  • Techniques
    • Flashback: Jordan recounts Daisy’s wedding.
  • Symbolism
    • Cars reflect status, with Nick’s old Dodge contrasting with Gatsby’s “gorgeous” car.
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Chapters 3-4
  • Symbolism: What’s in a name?
    • Daisy: startling beauty and superficial purity; white flower
    • Buchanan: power name, perfect for Tom
    • Myrtle: homely, plain, unworldly.
    • George = common; simple.
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Chapters 3-4
  • The party-goers
    • Whitebait, Hammerheads, Belugas: all sea-related names. Familiarity with the ocean and coast; implies wealth. All from East Egg
    • Orchid, Duckweed, Bull: plants and animals; of the earth; common. These men are from West Egg.
    • Catlip: “catty”; gossipy, insincere. The Catlips are from West Egg.
    • Belcher, Haag (pronounced “hag”); undesirable, substandard; also from West Egg.
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