THE GREAT GATSBY. CHAPTER 9. SETTING – MID-WEST SYMBOLISM CHARACTERISATION – DAISY, NICK, GATSBY, GATSBY’S FATHER THEMES – AMERICAN UPPER CLASSES, AMERICAN DREAM. CHARACTERISATION - DAISY.
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THE GREAT GATSBY
“What I called up about was a pair of shoes I left there.”
Shows lack of morals and the shallowness of the upper classes.
Klipspringer was Gatsby’s lodger but would rather attend a picnic.
He is not even phoning up to offer commiserations but to enquire about a pair of shoes.
Gatsby fails to achieve the American Dream – Why?
He knew he had a big future in front of him. And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me.”
Ironic – in his father’s mind Gatsby had achieved the American dream
His father has no understanding of the intricacies of American society.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”