"Whenever you feel like criticising anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
" Reserving judgements is a matter of infinit hope. I am still a litttle afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth."
" I told him. And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighborhood."
" And I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautifle little fool."
" I want you to meet my girl."
" Daisy! Daisy! Daisy! I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-"
" Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand."
"It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in a life."
"And I like large parties. They are so intimate. At small parties there isnt any privacy."
"Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known."
"One time he killed a man who had found out that he has a nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil."
"Gatsby's very careful about women. He would never so much as look at a friends wife."
"It never occured to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people-with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe."
"The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time and because it seemed romantic to me I have remember the incident ever since. His name was Jay Gatsby."
" "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay. Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night."
"Well, this would interest you. It wouldn't take up much of your time and you might pick up a nice bit of money. It happens to be a rather confidential sort of thing."
" 'Nobody's coming to tea. It's too late!.' He looked at his watch as if there was some pressing demand on his time else-where. 'I can't wait all day.' "
" Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stromily. ' They're just such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such-such beautiful shirts before' "
" The vague contour of Jay Gatsby had filled out to the substantiality of a man."
" I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish."
" 'I'd a little rather not be the polo player,' said Tom pleaseantly, 'I'd rather look at all these famous people in-in oblivian.' "
" So the whole caravansary had fallen in like a card house at the disapproval in her eyes"
" The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer."
" The room, shadowed well with awnings, was dark and cool. Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans."
" It occured to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well."
"I tossed half-sick between grotesque reality snf savage, frightening dreams."
" She wanted her life shaped now, immediatly- and the decision must be made by some force- of love, of money, of unquestional practicality- that was close at hand."
" The track curved and now it was going away from the sun, wich, as it sank lower, seemed to spread itself in bendiction over the vanishing city where she had drawn her breath."
" The gardner, the last one of Gatsby's former servants. came to the foot of the steps."
" The night had made a sharop difference in the weather and there was an autumn flavor in the air."
" I told her she might fool me but she couldn't fool God. I took her to the window and I said God knows what you've been doing, everything you;ve been doing. You may foold me, but you can't fool God! Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eys of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg."
This quote said my Nick's father shows us that Nick grew up with a prosperous lifestyle. Whenever Nick looks down on people who arent as successful as him or whatever the reason may be he has to realize that he had many more opportunities than most people because of that lifestyle.
This means that some many people have more opportunities than others because of what family they were born into or where they come from. It means that not everyone is born with those opprtunities and some need to work for them. This may be foreshadowing a future event that may happen to Nick
This means that Nick finally felt like he belonged in the neighborhood he was living in. Someone asked him for help and he was able to help them without hesitation. He felt like he belonged and he was no longer all alone.
I believe this reflects Daisy's views on women, as well as herself. She chooses to live ignorant of what is going on around her. Now whether that ignorance is for the sake of her own happiness or the happiness of her daughter, I dont really know, but I personally thinks he should face the music and walk away from that messed up human being she calls a husband.
Tom is proud of the fact that he is a cheating. He beleives he has power over everyone. If he didnt beliece that than why wouldhe be introducing his wife's cousin to his mistress? He is arragont and a jerk. I think that it is the money he possesses that makes him this way. I think this shows the immaturity of Mrs. Wilson. She is sleeping with this mans wife and instead of keeping it quiet she shouts her name. This means she is not ashamed either, she is probably proud of herself for being chosen as this rich man's mistress.
Are you kidding me? This man just breaks this girls nose and noone does a thing about it. The party just ends. This shows how much power Tom really does have and how much of an ass he really is. But the fact that he got so upset about her screaming his wife's name may show a small ounce of guilt. I think this may show how much of a temper Tom has as well. This may be foreshadowing a future event that may occur, possibly an altercation between Tom and someone else. Chapter Three
When Nick said this I autimatically thought of how highly he thinks of Gatsby. The reader can see this in the little details that Nick describes in ways he doesnt describe anyone else.
When Jordan says this I was confused at fisrt because it is an oxymoron. I thought that a small party would be more intimate than a large party. But than I realized what she meant, that at a large party you dont have to worry about everyone hearing what your saying and you can pull someone aside without anyone noticing. It allowed Nicka nd Jordan to spend most of their time together without many interruptions. This may say a lot about Jordan's personality and that she is a very private person, I think she has a lot of secrets that we are yet to be told.
This quote is said by Nick. It makes me wonder if Nick has some sort of trust issues. Also I beleive that he doesnt trust Jordan because this is said right after a conversation between him and Jordan about her being careless. I think he has a reason for not trusting Jordan, she is very sketchy. Chapter Four
When one of the women at one of Gatsby's parties said this I thought about how mysterious Gatsby is with everyone. This isnt the only rumor that has spread about him. This also shows the lack of respect his guests have for him becuase they are gossiping about him at his own party. I don't think Gatsby cares whether people talk about him or not because if he did he would make an effort to talk to them rather than hiding in the shadows.
I think that this quote is ironic because Gatsby is in love with Daisy, who is married so he is looking at someone's wife. Also I think it is foreshadowing a relationship that will occur between Daisy and Gatsby. It is ironic because although Tom is cheating on Daisy i doubt she would cheat on him because of the power he has over her.
I think that is also foreshawdowing something that will happen later on in the book, maybe Nick will have to make a decision like that or maybe Gatsby will be involved with somehting like that.
When Jordan said this I was in shock. I had no idea that Gatsby and Diasy were connected in any way whatsoever. I think at this point the book actually starts to get interesting and take off into the main plot.
This really helped me understand Gatsby more. Now I know why he was looking across the bay and also why he is the way he is. I think that Gatsby is lonely, that is why he always has people over his house, he is trying not to be lonely. The girl he loved got away and now we know why he stays to himself most of the time.
I really want to know what type of bussiness Gatsby is in. He is very shady about it and is always taking calls about things noones knows about. We know that he is always taking calls from different cities but never what they are about.
This shows us that Gatsby is insecure. It has never shown before and now that he is seeing Daisy for the first time in five years he is very nervous and doesnt know how to act. It is outside of his comfort zone.
I though it was very strange that Daisy would start hysterically crying over a bunch of shirts. But she was probably just over emotional because she was meeting with Gatsby after five years of not seeing or hearing from him.
The quote is just the end to the couple of pages about how Gatsby came to be who he is. I thought it was very interesting and it gave me a better understanding of who he is and what he went through in order to get as successful as he is.
This quote was said by Tom after he went to Gatsby's house for a little while. This shows how sexist he really is and how he beleives he has control over Daisy. Tom doesnt like Gatsby and you can tell by the way he acts around him and the way he talks about him.
This shows how Tom likes to think he is better than everyone. He doesnt like feeling inferior to the people around him, which is why id doesnt want to be known as a polo player. He would rather the famous people not know what he is or what he does because they want them to think he is better than them.
Chapter Seven The fact that his life revolves around Daisy is presented in this quote. Gatsby fired all of his employees and rehired all new ones because he didnt want people gossiping about him. Also it goes back to what was said about the library, about the books and the structure of it. It is saying how the whole facade that he put on to impress Daisy crumbled when he noticed that it all didnt really matter to her. This shows how people are willing to change their lives completely for love, which we will see even more of as the chaper progresses.
The refernce to the heat in this quote is very symbolic. This is the day that Gatsby confronts Tom about his affair with Daisy. The use of weather to convey mood is a huge part in this book and heat usually depicts anger or intensity. This is forshadowing what is going to occur between the two of them and that it is not going to end up well. This was like in Romeo and Juliet during most of the dramatic scenes that occured it was during a very hot day.
The use of temperature is also used in this quote. I think this represents that although it was a "broiling" day that Daisy and Jordan have a way of putting up these facades that everyone beleives. The awnings placed shade in just the right places and the way Nick describes the singing of the fans shows that even he beleives it. Also the white dresses are now being weighed down agaisnt the breeze while before they were flowing around in sort of an angelic way, This may represnt how Tom is sort of catching onto the facades they are putting up, but not completely.
This quote shows that during the time period all men saw women as their property, no matter how rich or poor they were. It didnt matter their race or social standing, they all had the same feeling towards women. This is shown when Wilson locks Myrtle up in her room until he "moves her away."
This quote represents the change in mood in the story after Myrtle was killed. In litereature sleep is supposed to be peaceful but Nick is tossing and turning with nightmares because of what happened. Dreams show us what the conscience mind wont and in this case it is showing us how Nick really feels about the incident that occured.
This quote shows how the American Dream was changing during the time period. The American Dream used to be to fall in love, have a family, and be overall successful. This shows that during the prosperity of the time period those values changed because people didnt have to necessarily work hard to achieve that dream. It was convenient and made sense for Daisy to marry Tom, so she did and although she does have a daughter and a very nice lifestyle, she isnt happy.
In most literature, light symbolizes hope. In A Raisin In The Sun, light symbolized hope of a better life. In this case I think that it means that Gatsby lost all hope of finding Daisy. Although he tried and tried to keep that hope that he would fine her, he gave up. The spreading of the sun shows how much he tried and how hard it was for him to give up and leave. I think the fact that Gatsby kept the gardner is extremely important. Gardners take care of how the outside of your house looks, as well as taking care of the delicate flowers that bloom. When flowers bloom it symbolizes change and the gardners control that change and take care of it. The reason that Gatsby kept his gardner is, not only to keep up his crumbling facade, but also to keep time the way it was before everything happened, and try to bring back the past.
The use of weather again in the novel shows how the mood changes. The cold represents how things have sort of cooled down for Gatsby and he jsut wants to relax. Autumn represents death which could be forshadowing what is going to happen towards the end of the chapter.
This quotes about the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg again shows that he represents God. The eyes of the bilboard see everything as an objective third party figure. After reading this it occured to me that the billboard is looking over the valley of ashes possible as looking down upon what this society has become morally. This is why it is related to Myrtle cheating on her husband, which in the bible is a sin.