Lord of the Rings Reading Workshop Project

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Lord of the Rings Reading Workshop Project

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  • When Daisy says this, she is referring to her young daughter. While it is odd for a mother to hope this for a daughter, the quote reveals Daisy is old fashioned compared to more progressive women of her era. This is important because it first reveals Daisy's dubious values which contrast with Gatsby's idealization of her.
  • I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
  • As Nick contemplates the mysterious character Jay Gatsby, he realizes the power of his smile to win people over. This is significant because Gatsby is the face of Meyer Wolfshiem's illegal liquor business. Gatsby's reassuring smile hides the fact that he actually made his fortune from bootlegging.
  • He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.
  • As Nick further contemplates Gatsby's rise to fame, he is told that Jay Gatsby was a creation that had been planned on Dan Cody's boat long ago by Jimmy Gatz. Young Jimmy dreams of becoming wealthy and well-dressed so that he can win Daisy, the love of his life.
  • The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.
  • At a party, a random lady speculates about who Gatsby truly is. This quote shows Gatsby's mysterious nature, which causes many people to dream up stories about his history and how he became famous. The fact that she thinks Gatsby may have killed a man foreshadows Gatsby made his fortune by illegal activities.
  • "Somebody told me that he killed a man once." "It's more that he was a German spy during the war."looking at him. I bet he killed a man."
  • Nick, a man of dignified manners, reflects that he may be the only person at Gatsby's party that is actually invited. This is a crucial point in the plot for it shows Gatsby is desperate for Daisy's attention which is the reason he constantly is throwing parties and allowing random uninvited people to show up. The fact that Gatsby invited Nick shows that Gatsby needs Nick to win Daisy, for Nick is Daisy's cousin.
  • I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited.
  • Throughout the story, Gatsby attempts to win Daisy over. In the end, he fails at achieving this but Nick is still impressed by Gatsby and his capacity to risk everything to attain his dream. Specifically, this "green light" represents Daisy for it is across the harbor thus allowing him to see it though he is never is able to touch it.
  • Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.
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