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.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
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
Distinctions of Social Status Old Money and New Money
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
Post Meeting Affair Due to Nick's first person subjective narrative we never hear about any of the love affair between Gatsby and Daisy
Thoughts for the Future
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
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