The great gatsby


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  • This quote is referring to Daisy's hopes for her daughter. This shows a lot about Daisy's character and how she is intelligent, yet knows that it is easier and less stressful for a woman to fit into society if they act witty and foolish rather than try to make something of themselves.
  • "I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
  • "This is Nick's first thought about Gatsby. It shows how Gatsby appears to the outside world, his wealth and "perfection"; an image that the author destructs throughout the book.
  • "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. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself."
  • In this quote, the author creates a parallel or motif between Gatsby and Jesus. This is also the first time that Nick describes Gatsby's youth and he explains how Gatsby created this "God-like" image for himself, because this is how he had wanted to be perceived.
  • "The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end."
  • The quote brings the motif of geography throughout the book to an end. Nick realizes how the fast-moving, partying and wealth-driven lifestyle of the East, will never be able to overcome the strong morals and traditions of the Midwest and West. He also realizes that the conflicts are always driven from combination of his friends western morals and their desire for the eastern lifestyle.
  • "That’s my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life."
  • Nicks vision of the East was Gatsby. Him and his parties and wealth mesmerized Nick and he was obsessed with Gatsby's outward perfection. But once he got to personally know Gatsby and after he was murdered he came to realize all the hidden flaws of the East and that forever ruined it's image.
  • "After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction."
  • This quote closes the theme of "living in the past" that can be seen throughout the book. Here Nick comes to the conclusion that humans tend to dwell in and attempt to recreate the past and hope that there dreams will turn reality in the future. Which in the end only pushes what one wants, father into the distance.
  • "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. . . . And then one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
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