Flashcards in Jay Gatsby Deck (4):
What does the novel's title sound like?
A magicians act, emphasising the idea that Gatsby has created an illusion.
What makes Gatsby seem God-like at his parties?
- He watches the crowds from above and stands "alone on the marble steps". He seems to be in control of his American Dream.
- But when Daisy finally comes to a party he mingles with the crowd, loses his God-like status, feels far away from Daisy and hints at the failure of his American dream.
What does Fitzgerald pin the American Dream down to?
- Gatsby has to adopt the persona of an eccentric aristocrat to be accepted.
- His dream of obtaining Daisy fails because of his class, which suggests that the American Dream is no longer feasible.