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What are the four paragraphs for narrative?

1. NC admires G
2. Introduces green light
3. Introduces theme of hollow values of upper classes.
4. Setting


Nick admires Gatsby (American Dream)

"Only Gatsby... was exempt from my reaction - Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn."
"extraodrinary gift for hope"
"there was something gorgeous about him"
"rare smiles"

~ delayed entrance till chapter 3
~ could be biased towards Gatsby
~ Carraway is a seed = insignificant
~ He admires Gatsby due to the fact that Gatsby is a self-made man and has come from a lower class background and has worked for it - American dream.
~ even though he has "meretricious beauty" there was something different about Gatsby


Carraway introduces the green light (Theme of Dreams)

"Gatsby believed in the green light the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us"
"so we beat on boats against the currents"

~ Nick introduces Gatsby's symbolic significance and how he represents the American dream.
~ Gatsby worked hard but he never truly got what he wanted.


Carraway introduced the theme of the hollow values of the upper classes when G fails to get D as she choses T over him. (Heated arguement chapter 7)

"Her voice was full of money"
"Just tell him the truth - that you never loved him - and it's all wiped out forever"
"I suppose it's the latests thing to sit back and let Mr Nobody from nowhere make love to your wife"
"They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together

~ It is through Nick's eyes that we see the arguement. He makes us understand that Gatsby "wanted too much" as he wanted Daisy to not love Tom.
~ When Daisy chose Tom, it was Nick's narration that made us understand the hollow values of the upper classes as despite the fact that Gatsby became wealthy and done everything for Daisy, she chose Tom - a racist, violent man - just because he comes from "old money" and Gatsby comes from "new money"



"some factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville"
"the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water"

~ the fact that Nick admired EE at first, makes readers also admire them. However, as we learn how rotten they are, we start to see that they use money to cover up their lack of morality.
~ emphasises that the EE and WE inhabitants are in conflict and that they "old money" and "new money" do not get along due to the "meretricious beauty" (like Gatsby)
~ makes us understand that the American society of the 1920's was corrupt through the valley of ashes that was overlooked by Doctor T.J. Eckleburg who overlooked the dumping ground (GOD) and was unimpressed with the lack of morality.