The Great Gatsby
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Gatsby vs. Society
This is amazing! Gatsby’s library is full of so many books, and they’re all real! I thought for sure he would be like all the other upper class people, filling his house with fake books and historical pieces just to show off. I can’t believe he actually has the original books. Maybe he isn’t like the others.
Daisy vs. Society
Oh no! I’ve made a terrible mistake. I shouldn’t be marrying Tom, I love Gatsby. Gatsby has always loved me. This letter just proves that I should be with him. But I can’t, I made a promise to marry Tom. Tom is from a stable family. I have to marry him, he’s in my social class and Gatsby isn’t. If I marry Tom then I will be set for life but I won’t be happy. If I wait for Gatsby, who knows what my life would be like, but at least I’ll be with my true love. Oh what to do?!
Daisy vs. Tom
What is happening right now! Everyone is yelling and arguing, it’s all too much. Gatsby is upset because of what Tom is saying. Tom is upset because I said I never loved him. I wish I could just leave right now. I can’t handle everyone yelling at me at once.
I can’t believe what I’m hearing! She never loved me. Never, not once?! It’s all Gatsby’s fault. He keeps trying to control what she says. I know she loved, I know that she still does!
Nick and Jordan are in Gatsby’s library. There is another man looking at all the books. Nick describes him as Owl Eyes. Owl Eyes is surprised that Gatsby has so many classic books, and that they are real. Owl Eyes astonishment shows that Gatsby is always judged by society. People assume Gatsby is like other upper class people and has expensive things to show how rich they are. No one judges Gatsby by who he is as a person, they judge him based on his stuff and how much he has. Owl Eyes is one of the few people that truly sees Gatsby as a real person rather than an object of wealth.
Gatsby is off in the war. He sends a letter to Daisy to tell her to wait for him. Daisy isn’t sure what to do. She loves Gatsby but Tom is in her social class. In the 1920s, it is important to marry someone who is in your same social class. Daisy knows that if she marries Tom, then she will continue with her luxurious lifestyle. Waiting for Gatsby will put her future and her status at risk. Daisy has to marry Tom because it’s the rules of society. Like most women of the 1920s, Daisy must stick to the rules of society.
Daisy, Tom, Gatsby, Nick, and Jordan are at the Plaza Hotel. Tom and Gatsby have been arguing for a while. Gatsby tells Tom that Daisy never loved him. Tom is shocked and questions Daisy. Daisy is getting upset and telling Tom that it’s true, she never loved him. Tom still can’t believe this and further questions their past and their relationship.
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