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The Great Gatsby . Review of The Harlem Jazz Age Chapter 7 Analysis May 2011. Review, Harlem and the Jazz Age. Thousands of African Americans migrated north – major increase in population between 1910 and 1920 New industry jobs – Henry Ford’s automotive factories

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the great gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Review of The Harlem Jazz Age

Chapter 7 Analysis

May 2011

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Review, Harlem and the Jazz Age
  • Thousands of African Americans migrated north – major increase in population between 1910 and 1920
  • New industry jobs – Henry Ford’s automotive factories
  • Harlem – center for African American artists from 1910 – 1930
  • Harlem Renaissance literary greats – poet Langston Hughes, author Zora Neale Huston, writer Richard Wright and political thinker W.E.B. DuBois
    • Musicians – Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, etc.
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Review, Harlem and the Jazz Age
  • Improvements to interracial relations – blacks and whites collaborate on music
    • Whites supporting this movement – Negrotarian
  • Jazz musicians from New Orleans to New York to California overcame racial racial differences
  • Harlem Renaissance forced artists to come to terms with new definitions of race made possible through various art forms
chapter seven summary
Chapter Seven – Summary
  • Gatsby no longer threw lavish parties
  • Servants were all fired to ensure Daisy does not get exposed to gossip
  • Daisy invites Nick, Jordan and Gatsby to lunch at her house
    • Daisy introduces her daughter – Gatsby shocked
  • Tom realizes there are romantic feelings between Gatsby and Daisy
  • Daisy = voice full of money
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Chapter Seven – Summary
  • Tom wants to pick an argument with Gatsby – all head to NYC and get a suite at the Plaza
    • Stop at Wilson’s garage prior in Valley of Ashes
    • Taking Myrtle out west
    • Myrtle overcome by jealousy of Jordan
  • Tom panics – losing both his wife and Myrtle
  • Tom confronts Gatsby, whom he considers to be “lower-class”
  • Nick’s birthday
chapter seven analysis
Chapter Seven – Analysis
  • Pivotal event – climax and tragic conclusion of Gatsby and Daisy romance
  • No need for lavish parties because he has already reconnected with Daisy
    • Fires servants because he is now concerned about his reputation in front of Daisy
  • Daisy very indiscreet – invites Gatsby to her house for lunch with her husband
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Chapter Seven – Analysis


  • Tom profoundly insecure – obsessed with his own downfall and the downfall of civilization itself
    • When finds out about Gatsby and Daisy, he then retaliates with a smirk – intermarriage between races
  • Believes he is Western civilization's greatest achievement – views the end of the world and interracial marriage to be equally catastrophic
  • Affair between Gatsby and Daisy = decline of civilization
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Chapter Seven – Analysis

Tom continued,

  • Less concerned about infidelity than the fact that Daisy is involved with a man of less social class
  • He does not regard his affair with even lower-class Myrtle in the same light
  • Realizes Daisy would never desert her aristocratic husband for “a common bootlegger,” regardless of her love for him
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Chapter Seven – Analysis


  • “Old” vs. “New” money
  • Daisy = aristocrat, wealth and privilege available at birth, her voice is “full of money”
    • a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, especially the hereditary nobility (“old” money)
  • Daisy represents wealth and elegance for which Gatsby has yearned for all his life – he loses Daisy for the same reason he adores her, her patrician arrogance
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Chapter Seven – Analysis
  • Unable to believe Daisy is a mother, unable to admit that time has passed in the last five years, until he meets Daisy’s daughter
  • Daisy treats her child similar to a doll and leaves her in control of the nanny
  • Selfish, immature Daisy is essentially a child herself
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Chapter Seven – Analysis
  • Both Gatsby and Tom regard Daisy as something to take care of – Gatsby says to Tom, “you are not going to take care of her anymore.”
    • Incapable of independent action
  • Daisy is a spectator in this chapter, weak
  • Daisy’s carelessness and stupidity lead to the death of Myrtle Wilson – Gatsby forced to leave the scene and hide the car
  • Gatsby’s decision to take blame for Myrtle’s death shows his love for Daisy is undisputable – unchanged
    • Gatsby, although involved in criminal activities, is seen as noble
chapter seven key questions
Chapter Seven – Key Questions
  • Who is Trimachio? Explain how this describes Gatsby.
  • Describe Daisy and Gatsby's new relationship.
  • Compare George Wilson and Tom. What did each man learn about his wife and how did they each react?
  • If Daisy says she's never loved Tom, is there someone whom she thinks she loves?
  • Describe the fight between Gatsby and Tom. What do these men think of each other? How are they similar and how are they different?
  • What was significant about Nick's 30th birthday?
  • What do you think Tom and Daisy were saying to each other in the kitchen? Do you think that Tom knew Daisy was driving the "death car"? Why, why not?
  • At this point, how would you end the novel?