I need some help with The Great Gatsby

1. Why would Fitzgerald write this from Nick Carraway’s point of view?
2. What is the relationship between Nick and the Buchanans?
3. Why does Daisy always speak in such exaggerated phrases?
4. Why does Daisy hope her child will be a “beautiful fool”?
5. Why does Daisy describe her youth as a “white girlhood”?
6. Why does Gatsby reach out to the water?
7. What might the green light symbolize?
8. Who is Nick Carraway? What do you know about him from the first chapter? (Focus particularly on his views, emotions, and reactions to others).
9. Who is Tom Buchanan? What do you know about him from the first chapter? (Focus on what he says, his physical descriptions, and actions).
10. Who is Daisy Buchanan? What do you know about her from the first chapter? (Focus on what she says and her actions).

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  1. Fitzgerald decided to make Nick a narrator because he is a believable and trustworthy character. Readers, as well as other characters, trust him, hence we can take his opinions and observations as truth.
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2. Daisy and Nick are cousins. But they are not close. Although, they are reunited in the first chapters. Tom is Daisy’s husband. They first met in Yale (college) where Tom made a negative impression on Nick.

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3. Daisy exaggerates her all phases to seem more profound than she really is. She wants to make it seem more important. And thus, under closer analysis, we can see that nothing really matters to her.

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4. Daisy hopes her child will be a “beautiful fool” because she thinks that in the society that she lives in appearance is way more important than your mind. Beauty is a necessity.

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5. If we speak literally Daisy describes her youth as a “white girlhood” because she wore white dresses, had a white car. But in general, she thinks about her youth as about time of innocence and simplicity compared to the time she lives in now.

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6. Gatsby reaches out to the water because he sees the green light at the end of the dock at Daisy’s home. So, in other words, he reaches out to Daisy, who lives across the bay.

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7. Green light symbolizes Gatsby’s hopes and dreams for the future.

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8. Nick Carraway is a young man from Minnesota, he is well educated, he was a soldier and fought in the World War I. He’s connected to wealthy (as opposed to simply well-to-do) and important people, like his cousin Daisy and Tom, a college acquaintance, but he isn’t one of them: his house is a “small eyesore,” even though it offers him the “consoling proximity of millionaires” .  He is honest, tolerant, he truly knows what is good and what is bad.

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9. Tom Buchanan is Daisy’s extremely wealthy husband. He is the opposite of Nick – arrogant, intolerant, bully. In his social attitudes, we can spot racism and sexism. He thinks it is okay to have an affair (which he had), but at the same time when he suspects Daisy in having an affair he gets angry and wants to confront a man. He did not even try to change something in his attitudes.

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10. Daisy Buchanan is Nick’s cousin and a woman Gatsby loves. When she first met Gatsby before the war, she fell in love and promised to wait for him. Although she had a need to feel loved and when Tom proposed to her, she agreed. She is sardonic and somewhat cynical and hides her pain behind her superficial behavior.

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