F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. Advice Nick’s father gives him about judging others? Why did people confide in Nick? What problems did these confidences cause Nick? Nick’s opinion of how Gatsby turned out in the end?
Why did people confide in Nick? What problems did these confidences cause Nick?
Nick’s opinion of how Gatsby turned out in the end?
What sorts of things do we find out about Gatsby throughout the chapter?
How is West Egg different from East Egg?Chapter 1
What characteristics does Nick give to Daisy’s voice?
What seems to be Tom’s political philosophy? Compare to fear of Black Reconstruction…
What is Daisy’s apparent attitude to Tom’s mistress?
At the end of the chapter what sort of gesture does Gatsby make in the darkness?Chapter 1
like the egg in the Columbus story Parke : Columbus answered a critic by challenging him to balance an egg on its tip. When the man failed, Columbus crushed the tip slightly, flattening it so that the egg could stand-proving that a discovery seems obvious only after it has been made by someone w/the vision to imagine it.
Hotel de Ville in Normandy (9): town hall in Normandy, France
nightingale . . . on the Cunard or White Star Line (15): nightingale, famous for singing, identified w/ English poetry: title of the next novel Fitzgerald wrote is Tender Is the Night, taken from Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale.” Cunard & White Star-2 prominent passenger lines betw. Europe & North America.
rotogravure: section of newspaper containing only photographs.Chapter 1 Allusions
In reality, what are the “eyes of Doctor T.J. Ekleburg”?
Why does Tom insist Nick get off the train w/him?
What does George Wilson want from Tom?
What does Tom buy for Myrtle in New York City?
Who is Catherine? Who are the McKees?
Apparently, why does Tom hit Myrtle?
What is the last thing Nick remembers about evening?Chapter 2
borough of Queens: Parke largest of 5 boroughs of NYC; close to Little Neck & Great Neck.
torpedoes: small fireworks that explode under great pressure.
Versailles: location of spectacular 17th C palace built outside of Paris by King Louis XIV.
ectoplasm: ghostly spirit emanating from a medium during trance.
Kaiser Wilhelm: German emperor (1859-1941) and king of Prussia from 1888 to the end of World War I.Chapter 2 Allusions
How is Nick’s situation diff. from most other guests?
Who does Nick meet at the party that he knows?
According to one of the girls, why did Gatsby send a new gown to replace the one that got ripped?
What is Lucille’s opinion of Gatsby’s background?Chapter 3
What does the drunk in library think is remarkable about Gatsby’s book collection?
How did Nick finally meet Gatsby? What did they have in common?
What is Gatsby’s smile like?
What is Jordan’s attitude toward driving a car?
What does Nick say he thinks is one of the cardinal virtues?Chapter 3
Castile Gatsby’s book collection?: region of north central Spain known for beautiful shawls.
Belasco: David Belasco (1853-1931), American theatrical producer, famous for realistic sets.
didn’t cut the pages: The books in Gatsby’s library are rare first editions, in which sheets are folded into pages, yet not cut apart
Tostoff’s Jazz History of the World: Fitzgerald may have been punning on the expression “tossed off.”Chapter 3 Allusions
owners of Titanic-sank after striking iceberg-1914.
“J Bruce Ismay: doomed the moment he jumped ship: The man who
built the Titanic lived for ever in disgrace after fleeing the stricken
Vessel” (UK Telegraph)
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context, By Bryant Mangum
Brought to my attention by AntanasRiskus—WWI expert
10. According to Jordan, why did Gatsby buy his house?
11. What is the great favor Gatsby asks Nick?
kingdom, now part of Yugoslavia.
roadster: think?small open car w/1 seat for 2-3 people; earlier version of sports car.
debut: formal introduction of a young woman into society.
Armistice: Nov. 11, 1918-WWI betw.Germany & Allied forces ended.
Cannes . . . Deauville: resort cities-French Riviera & English Channel
victoria: horse-drawn open carriage for 2, named for Queen Victoria.Chapter 4 Allusions
What is unusual about Gatsby’s home as Nick comes home that night? What was Gatsby doing?
Offer Gatsby makes to Nick re: bond selling business?
How does Gatsby act while waiting for Daisy?
When Gatsby says “Five years next November,” what does this show about his feeling for Daisy?Chapter 5
Describe Gatsby & Daisy’s reactions to each other. that night? What was Gatsby doing?
Why do you think Daisy is so affected by Gatsby’s shirts?
While inside the house during the rain, how does Gatsby’s comment about the green light on the end of the Buchanan dock tie up w/something in Ch. 1?
As Nick leaves, what does he notice about Gatsby?Chapter 5
like Kant at his church steeple: that night? What was Gatsby doing?Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher, said he developed theories regarding reality & morality while gazing at a church steeple outside his window.
Marie Antoinette music-rooms & Restoration salons: elegantly furnished rooms in period style, respectively, just before French Revolution (1789) & brief restoration of monarchy (1815).
Adam study: The Adams were an 18 C. family of British architects. The Adam style is extremely delicate in form & color.
Chartreuse: green or yellow liqueur.Chapter 5 Allusions
pompadour: that night? What was Gatsby doing?style of hairdressing in which the hair is combed back to create the illusion of a puffy bump in the front.
The ‘Pompadour curl’ takes its name from Madame de Pompadour, member of the French court, and the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to her death in 1764.Chapter 5 Allusions
Why is the reporter interested in Gatsby? that night? What was Gatsby doing?
Gatsby’s real name?
Parents? Early life? Relationship w/ women in youth?
What did Dan Cody have to do w/Gatsby’s life?
Job? Effect on Gatsby? Ella Kay?Chapter 6
Gatsby does not drink that night? What was Gatsby doing?
chooses words carefully
"never so much as look at a friend's wife”
"a perfect gentleman"
went to "Oggsford” College in England.
knows how wealthy behave after 5 years w/Cody
greatest importance to crime boss=has no past.
…Of course, once Gatsby is openly involved w/Daisy, he is of little value to WolfshiemWhy Wolfshiem hires Gatsby
“You can’t repeat the past”?
Resetting the Great Gatsby by Bruccoli
Fitzgerald’s Eras Social and Political Backgrounds of the 1920s and 1930s
by Matthew J. Bruccoli
American novel—the great gatsby