The Great Gatsby Questions (Chapter 5)

  1. What do you find is the most crucial in the plot in Chapter 5?
  2. What is the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy like initially?
  3. How are Daisy and Gatsby different when Nick returns to the house after a half an hour?
  4. What are Gatsby’s feeling by the end of the chapter?
  5. Why do you think Daisy sobs when Gatsby shows her his shirts? Use a quotation from the book to justify your answer.
  6. What is the weather like in this chapter? How does it reflect the emotional climate of Gatsby and Daisy? Use a quotation from the book to justify your answer.
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2. Initially, they feel awkward and stilted, Gatsby is clumsy and breathes like a little boy, as Nick says. They all feel inexplicably embarrassed.

Answered on 13.06.2017.
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3. Nick leaves Daisy and Gatsby for 30 minutes and when he returns he sees that Daisy has been crying and Gatsby’s face is glowing. It is obvious that they talked about something deeply emotional and personal and it seems like Gatsby is one step closer to his dream come true.

Answered on 13.06.2017.
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4. At the end of the chapter, Gatsby is happy because of his long-awaited reunion with Daisy. And when he spent some time with her, he looks enchanted but at the same time, as Nick notes, bewildered.

Answered on 16.06.2017.
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5. “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobs. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts before.”

 

Daisy starts to sob when she sees the shirts because showing his shirts seems vulgar.  Daisy realizes that nothing really changes except for the size of his checkbook.

Answered on 16.06.2017.
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6. In the beginning, there is a heavy rain and then the sun comes out. This might be a metaphor for the relationships between Gatsby and Daisy. When they first meet it is awkward and weird – gloomy like rain. And then when they become comfortable – the sun comes out.

Answered on 16.06.2017.
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