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1

What does Wolfshiem represent in the novel?

The criminal underworld of the 1920s

2

When is Wolfshiem first introduced?

Just after Gatsby has described his past life as a 'young rajah' and claimed to have inherited his money

3

Who's Wolfshiem's character based on?

Arnold Rothstein
- jewish gangster
- lived in new york and was involved in bootlegging
believed to have bribed a baseball tram to deliberately lose the world series (Wolfshiem fixed the world series)

4

Who is Wolfshiem to Gatsby?

A father figure
Helped him get into business - ' i made him'
" always together"
One of the few characters to grieve for Gatsby
Influence in Gatsbys death shows American Dream has been corrupted

5

What is his language like?

Aggressive- ' don't pay him a penny till he shuts his mouth'
Speaks in orders and statements

6

Why doesn't he attend Gatsbys funeral?

Doesn't want to 'get mixed up' in his death

7

What does the description of Wolfsheim show?

- Reveals Nicks anti-semitic prejudice and his willingness to judge people
- Nick draws attention to his 'tragic' nose and mocks his speech 'gonnegtion' and 'oggsford'