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The Great Gatsby. by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Presented by Mike L Evans. Chapter 6. Limits of the “First Person” Subjective Narrative Style. Omission of other Characters Points of View. Limited to the Narrator\'s Agenda for telling the story. Personal Bias of the Narrating Character.

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the great gatsby
The Great Gatsby


F. Scott Fitzgerald

Presented by

Mike L Evans


Limits of the“First Person”Subjective Narrative Style

Omission of other Characters Points of View

Limited to the Narrator\'s Agenda for telling the story

Personal Bias of the Narrating Character

The Narrator\'s personal story must be as interesting as the larger story he is telling

The reader is trapped in the cage of the Narrator\'s Point of View in the First Person Narrative


Jay GatsbyWho is he, really?

Actual name is James Gatz

Originally from Minnesota, in the northern Mid-West

Parents were poor farmers

Creates his own persona as Jay Gatsby

He envisions his life to be one of wealth and luxury


Manifesting ThoughtsTurning Dream into Reality

What you think, will become real, if you have enough Faith

Buddha and Jesus both believed this to be true

Jay Gatsby also believes this to be true

Jay Gatsby believes he is a Son of God

Gatsby\'s dreams of a wealthy life are the thoughts that his will power turns into reality


High Aspirations of Self Image




Remaking Spiritualism into Materialism


Allegorical Comparison

Buddha leaves his rich family to search for meaning while shunning Materialism

Jesus leaves his poor family to do his “Father\'s” work while also shunning Materialism

Jay Gatsby also leaves his poor family but to realize his “Dream Father\'s” work of making his Material wealth a reality

Gatsby embraces, instead of shunning Materialism


“The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.”

In this chapter, it becomes clear that Gatsby\'s most powerfully realized dream is his own identity, his sense of self.

Gatsby symbolizes the attainment of the American Dream but in a very immoral, dark and twisted version

Gatsby inflates his own persona by not talking about himself but lets others spread rumors

Gatsby’s will power to make his dreams real is what makes him “Great.”


Gatsby\'s Dream Father was Copper Baron, Dan Codywho taught him to sail, appreciate wealth and luxurybut also witness the evils of drinking alcohol


Learning to live Rich

Gatsby inherits $25,000 (worth today about $350,000 or 2,135,000 RMB)from Dan Cody but never receives the money due to the legal maneuvering of Cody\'s mistress, Ella Kaye.

Gatsby comes away from Dan Cody with five years of wealth training,a more substantial image of himselfand a passion to regain the wealth he sampled.


Old Money VS New Money

Old Money

  • Buchanan, Rockefeller & JP Morgan
  • Aristocratic
  • Conservative
  • Royal
  • Refined

New Money

  • Gatsby, Kennedy & Bootleggers
  • Nouveau Riche (暴发户)
  • Liberal
  • Sudden Rags to Riches
  • Unsophisticated

Distinctions of Social Status Old Money and New Money

  • Just as there are distinctions between Rich and Poor, there are finer distinctions among the Rich between Old and New Money.
  • The Old Money is snobbish and look with disdain at the Nouveau Riche (暴发户), mocking and despising them for their sudden wealth and unsophisticated social crudity.
  • The East Egg Sloane\'s with Tom Buchanan openly show their lack of respect to Gatsby, although Gatsby is too socially naive to see it.

The Dream of Daisy

Gatsby instills Daisy with a kind of idealized perfection that she neither deserves nor possesses. Gatsby’s dream is ruined by the unworthiness of its object.

Gatsby’s quest to win Daisy is closely associated with the average man\'s quest to attain the American Dream which, like Daisy has been corrupted and become jaded.


Daisy and Gatsbyin Chapter 6

  • After arranging the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy, Nick goes weeks without seeing either of them
  • Tom gets suspicious of Gatsby\'s attention to Daisy after Gatsby brazenly informs him he knows his wife
  • Tom vows to discover how Gatsby gets his money after attending a wild party with Daisy at Gatsby\'s
  • Gatsby tells Nick that Daisy was dissatisfied with him and his party and that he needs to make her understand.
  • Nick tells Gatsby “You can\'t repeat the past.” To which Gatsby vehemently replies, “Why of course you can!”

Post Meeting Affair Due to Nick\'s first person subjective narrative we never hear about any of the love affair between Gatsby and Daisy

  • Was it because Nick never witnessed any of the affair?
  • Was it because he felt it was not his business to talk about?
  • Or, was it because Fitzgerald did not want to describe the affair and was merely adhering to his First Person Narrative storytelling style?
  • The book only hints at an affair by the actions of the characters while the movie portrays it in short, romantic and erotic scenes

Thoughts for the Future

  • Is Nick Carraway telling a complete story as the Narrator?
  • Is Tom Buchanan being naïve in his view of Daisy & Gatsby?
  • Why is Gatsby so concerned that Daisy was dissatisfied with his home and party?
  • What does Gatsby need to make Daisy understand?
  • Is Gatsby asking too much of Daisy?

Story Review

Nick introduces himself as the narrator of the story

Daisy, Tom and Jordan are introduced

Nick meets Gatsby shortly after moving to West Egg

Tom reveals Myrtle to Nick

Gatsby takes Nick to lunch in New York after telling Nick about his fictional past

Nick arranges a meeting between Daisy and Gatsby

Gatsby tells Nick his true history