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What foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams

Chapter 1
Daisy ruined his potential


"West egg, the - well less fashionable of the two"

Gatsby lives in west egg: new money new traditions
Daisy and Tom live in East egg : old money



Society changing.
A reaction to previous traditions is seen through Nick and Tom (old money) and their shock at Gatsby's parties or nick at Toms infidelity.


'For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face, her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened'

Daisy's seductive power
nicks description of her makes us believe she's worthy of Gatsbys love


Miss Baker and I exchanged a shirt glance devoid of meaning

Lost generation lack connections strong relationships or commitment


I felt a basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me.i waited, and sure enough in moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as If she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.

Chapter 1
Nick about Daisy
She never loved Gatsby
T+ D stay together because of mutual needs - marriage class wealth status reputation


We heard you were engaged to a girl out West.
"It's a libel. I'm too poor"

Nicks relationships
Mirrors Gatsbys belief of why he couldn't marry Daisy
Money dominates all the relationships of the novel
Tom and Daisy's survive because of their money
Myrtle and Wilsons and Daisy and Gatsbys don't because of the lack of money


"He was content to be alone- he stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way"

Chap 1
Gatsby presented as a Byronic hero- romantic tradition
Reaching for his dreams or goals of being with Daisy


Her face... contained no facet or gleam of beauty

Chapter 2
Description of myrtle is completely negative
Stark contrast to Daisy
Due to social status she is demonised
(The ruined maid )


The living room was crowded to the doors with a set of tapestried furniture entirely too large for it

T & Ms relationship solely based on materialism and sex
Myrtles desire to be part of the upper class
Mirrors Gatsbys dream but because she is a woman she can't achieve it in the same way he does
She does what she can to achieve her dream just like Gatsby did


I thought he knew something about breeding but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe

He borrowed somebody's best suit to get married in

Myrtle hates Wilson because of his lack of money and status
Blames him for keeping her in the lower class


Daisy! Daisy! Daisy! Shouted mrs Wilson l. I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai-

Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand

Contrast to how he is with Daisy
Treats Myrtle like a mistress- lower status legitimises him hitting her


My eyes fell on Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes

Byronic hero


Reading over what I have written so far

Nick = self conscious narrator crafting his story for the reader
Nick makes Gatsby great


I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others

Post war
Lost generation
Lack connection


Gatsby's very careful about women. He would never so much as look at a friend's wife

Chapter 4
Ironic foreshadowing infidelity


The officer looked at Daisy she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time, and because it seemed to romantic to me I have remembered the incident.

Chapter 4
Jordan's flashback


She began to cry- she cried and cried ... she wouldn't let go of the letter

Suggest she truly loved to Gatsby


Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay

House - his American dream and Daisy have become merged into the same thing
House - representation of his love and the struggle he went through just to be with Daisy