The Great Gatsby Questions (Chapter 9)
- What do you find is the most crucial in the plot of Chapter 9?
- What is the motive publicly given for Wilson’s murder of Gatsby?
- What does the telephone call from Chicago tell us about Gatsby’s business?
- Why is Gatsby’s father so proud of him?
- How does Nick characterize Tom and Daisy at the end of the book? Use at least one quotation from the book to justify your answer.
- What does the green light symbolize at the end of the novel? Use a quotation from the book to justify your answer.
4. When Nick tracked down Gatsby’s father, he found a lonely man who was devastated by the death of his son. He showed Nick a book with Gatsby’s self-improvement schedule, where all his life was planned up to seconds and his father was proud of how far his son ‘made it’ in life.
5. “they were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . . .”
Nick characterizes them as vapid and self-indulgent.They make Nick sick to his stomach because they have destroyed even the illusion of real love, caring, compassion and humanity.
6. “And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
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 one fine morning—-
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
This green light, which had symbolized Gatsby’s hopes and dreams in the beginning of the novel foreshadows his tragic end at the conclusion.