Monday, April 17, 2017

Chapter 8 Blog


How is the tone set for chapter eight?

It kind of seems like everyone is on edge. Nick seems like he is stressing and cant sleep. Gatsby has been waiting since 4 for Daisy and nothing has happened.  

Interpret the following simile: “Jay Gatsby had broken up like glass against Tom’s hard
malice...”


I think its saying that Gatsby is falling apart as a person. The presence of Tom has broken Gatsby and he really only can talk about Daisy 

What motif reappears in chapter eight? What meaning is attributed to it?


I think that the motif is the feeling of being empty. It starts literally with the gardner wanting to drain the pool and it ends with Nick talking in the end about how Gatsby is empty without his dream. I think its showing how when we are empty we are dead. 

Cite examples of the motif that nature reflects life. 

"There was a faint, barely perceptible movement of the water as the fresh flow from one end urged its way toward the drain at the other. with little ripples that were hardly the shadows of waves, the laden mattress moved irregularly down the pool. A small gust of wind that scarcely corrugated the surface was enough to disturb its accidental course with its accidental burden. The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chapter 7 Blog

What allusion does Trimalchio represent?

Trimalchio was a character in a play that was about a man who had gained power through hard work. I think Fitzgerald uses him as kind of sarcasm to tell us that Gatsby's perception of hardworking was only a lie 

What is the meaning of Gatsby’s statement to Tom, “I’m right across from you”? 
I think that this is Fitzgerald saying that Gatsby had been there all along physically and literally in the sense that he is there with Daisy 

Interpret the metaphor “Her voice is full of money”.

I think it means that she talks likes she's rich. Which can sometimes mean that she talks like she belongs to more than others like since she is rich that make her more than others

Identify the oxymorons that describe the expressions that pass by Gatsby’s face. Explain their
importance.

Im not sure what this question is asking 

What does Fitzgerald convey to the reader by choosing the word “conspiring” in the description
of Tom and Daisy in their kitchen? 

I think he is thinking that Tom is gonna think that Gatsby and Daisy killed her on purpose and they made the plan together. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chapter 5 Journal


Chapter Five

When Nick comes home to West Egg that night, what does he find unusual? How does this description contribute to the mood?

He thought his house was on fire. Gatsby's house was all lit up almost like another party was happening. 

Throughout chapter five, how does Fitzgerald use weather to reinforce the mood?

Its raining which is kind of depressing. It then turned to mist but then the rain started to increase again. Right when Gatsby changes according to Fitzgerald the rain stops. Almost like Gatsby's glow was the sun and the rain had gone away and his glow took its place.

How does Fitzgerald show the changes in Gatsby?

He describes it as all of the sudden he started to glow and fill up the whole room. And he really didn't do much to create this glow it just kind of appeared. 


What literary purpose does the broken clock serve? 

I think that the idea of the clock is kind of like "time flies when you are having fun" when we are enjoying life it seems like the clock is speeding up but in the hard times it seems to always be slowing down. I think its broken because if we always are looking at a broken clock, how can we tell how much time we have lost?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chapter 4 Journal


Chapter Four
How does Fitzgerald’s use of names further the motif of geography?

All of the names he is listing arent your average american household name today. There isn't like the James' and the Youngs'. They are more strange and pompous names 

" their last names were either the melodious names of flowers and months or the sterner ones of the great American capitalists whose cousins, if pressed, they would confess themselves to be."


What symbol does Fitzgerald use as the outward manifestation of Gatsby’s wealth? What theme does this reinforce?

don't know if this is right but the idea that Gatsby's background is kind of unknown brings back the idea of this unknown character. This unknown thing brings the question if he is telling the truth or where his money is coming from.

Analyze the techniques used to develop the character of Wolfsheim.

The techniques i feel like he is using is to describe Mr. Wolfsheim is like this dark area that he is meeting nick in an the is this wealthy jew that kind of looks funny. He's kind of a snot and spoiled man. 

Interpret the metaphor “He [Gatsby] came alive to me [Nick], delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.”

I think this just means he was born into a new man that night and it came suddenly 

What overall purpose do the three events in chapter four accomplish? 

I think this chapter is about the unpredictable nature of Gatsby. He seems to still always vanish and we arent quite sure how he got all of his wealth and he doesn't want Daisy to know about him so I think this chapter kind of repeats the unexpected Gatsby.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chapter 3 Journal



Chapter Three
Why is it that Fitzgerald waits until chapter three to introduce Gatsby?

I think he waited to introduce Gatsby because he wanted to build up the tension between the characters and the reader first and then introduce this god like figure.

There are at least two examples of a polysyndeton in chapter three. Identify one of them, and explain what it contributes to the impact of the chapter.
  • "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars."
    • The fact that Gatsby and the things around him are always disappearing at sudden moment 
  •  "......toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before."
    • It shows how chaotic the parties that he throws 
Explain the symbolism of the following simile, “...at intervals she appeared suddenly at his side like an angry diamond, and hissed: ‘You promised!’ into his ear.”

I think the diamond represents something luxurious which could describe everyone at Gatsby's party. I think the hissing just describes that she is angry. 

In the final paragraph on page 55, how does the viewpoint change? How is this accomplished? What is the purpose?

I think that the viewpoint changes to the exact moment of gatsby to then Nick looking back at  what he is writing and observing his writing. I think that he's trying to recap the past readings and towards the end of the paragraphs I think that he is saying that these past events effected him to the man he is today 

How does the motif of geography in the novel help shape its themes and characters? 

I think with the Eggs and all the luxurious areas, I know especially when Im reading the book all the characters seem really rich and above me.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Chapter 2 Journal

Chapter Two

In the first paragraph of chapter two, what device does Fitzgerald use to create a musical effect? Cite some examples. 

He sets the scene before the story almost like a play. He describes the city of ashes and uses a lot of imagery to make you feel like you are looking out to the setting 

On a literal level, what is the valley of ashes? What might it represent on a symbolic level? What overlooks the valley of ashes? What might they symbolize? 

think its a town of hard labor. I think on a symbolic level it also means a town of dead dreams. A billboard of an aye doctor over looks the place and think this means that the people there are almost non existent because of what the sign looks like.

Analyze Nick’s statement, “I think he’d tanked up a good deal at luncheon, and his determination to have my company bordered on violence.” 

I think this means that he drank to much at lunch and he became a very aggressive and mean drunk which kinda fits Tom's personality. He doesn't pass me as a nice happy drunk. 

How does Fitzgerald emphasize the smallness of Myrtle’s apartment? 

He describes it as a slice of cake and how its all the same color white. He describes how every room in the house is small, "small living room, small bedroom, etc." He also describes how it really has the essential rooms and thats it so it is a very basic house. 

In what way is the party in the apartment different from the dinner at the Buchanan’s in chapter one? In what ways is it similar? 

It is different in the way that there was more traffic through the party and it seemed like people drank more. But I think its the same because of the way kinda by the end of the party things went to chaos  and there was blood in the bathroom kinda like the chaos when Tom left the room to go take the call of the mistrust.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Chapter 1 Journal


Chapter One

What other method does Fitzgerald use to persuade the reader that Nick is credible? 

He is college graduated, he was born into wealth which makes 
him privileged and the quote at the begging of the book proves that of how his father told him that not everyone has the same advantages in life like he does

Interpret the meaning of the following simile: “They [books on investments and securities] stood 

I think that the author is trying to say that the books are so complicated that they have a life of there own  

like new money from the mint.

The mint is where money is made and there is nothing better then getting a shinny coin or a fresh dollar from the mint. Its almost like that dollar is worth more then a beaten up one

What type of imagery does Fitzgerald uses to make the Buchanan palace come alive? What is Fitzgerald’s purpose of this? 

I can imagine the view of the bay and the colors of the house. He tells how its a very big house right by the beach. The author uses a lot of imagery and really describes every detail he sees. I think he is trying to tell us how wealthy this community is. 

During the dinner conversation, Nick wanted to “look squarely at everyone, and yet to avoid all eyes.” (pg 15) This statement is an example of what type of rhetorical device? What does this convey to the reader? 

I think this quote is conveying to the reader that Nick was trying to observe everyone without them knowing he was observing them.

The green light that Gatsby is staring at is mentioned several more times and assumes symbolic significance. Where do you think the green light might be? What do you think it means? 

When I hear "green light" I always interpret that as you have the ability to advance in what you want to do. I think since its seaward in the book, there are endless things to do in the sea so I believe that the author is setting up how there are endless things to do in this time period.