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The Great Gatsby. Chapter One Notes. Titles Fitzgerald Considered. Among the Ash Heaps and Millionaires Trimalchio in West Egg * Trimalchio * On the road to West Egg Gold- hatted Gatsby* The High-bouncing Lover* * Trimalchio is a character in a 1 st century Roman novel by

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the great gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Chapter One Notes

titles fitzgerald considered
Titles Fitzgerald Considered
  • Among the Ash Heaps and Millionaires
  • Trimalchio in West Egg *
  • Trimalchio *
  • On the road to West Egg
  • Gold-hatted Gatsby*
  • The High-bouncing Lover*

* Trimalchio is a character in a 1st century Roman novel by

Petronius. He is a former slave who gained wealth and power through hard work. He is known for throwing lavish parties with exotic dishes and entertainment.

* Read the poem at the beginning of the book to understand the references/allusions.

nick s background
Nick’s background
  • From the West (Midwest) which represents solid morality, work ethic, dependability, and a no-nonsense approach to life
  • East represents money, excitement, the American dream, carelessness
  • Nick detests all that Gatsby represents, but says Gatsby turned out all right in the end – a paradox – (G. stays true to his dream)
  • Nick claims to be the best one to narrate because he is not judgmental – people tell him intimate things (his suspended judgment is an asset and a flaw at the same time (paradox)
dinner at the b uchanans s
Dinner at the Buchanans’s
  • First of three parties that Fitzgerald presents
  • Nick sees much that should disillusion him about the rich
  • Tom – affair with Myrtle

- bullies people, pushes Nick

- pseudo intellectual – book on keeping the races

in their place

  • Old versus new money
daisy and jordan
Daisy and Jordan
  • Daisy and Jordan seem to float when Nick enters the room – they seem insubstantial
  • Daisy – has a pretence of sophistication; attempts to draw out an emotional response form Nick; wants her daughter to be a beautiful fool; has no plans; can’t make plans
  • Jordan – literally has nose in the air, a snob
first glimpse of gatsby
First glimpse of Gatsby
  • Image of arms out to Daisy’s green light at the end of her dock
  • Represents hopefulness, the American dream, faithfulness, dedication
  • Green – money, envy, magic