Friday, May 31, 2013

The Great Gatsby: is this the real Gatsby?

Chapter V Notes:

Within a few days, Nick invites Daisy over for tea (without Tom) and Gatsby comes over.  Gatsby is childishly nervous, fidgety, rude, and embarrassed.  This does not appear to be the same Great Gatsby that people talk about.  

Inspired by The Great Gatsby
Nick leaves them alone for a time, and when he returns, he notices a change in Gatsby “that was simply confounding.  He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room."  Maybe he really is genuinely in love with this girl.

[Addition: I originally had this quote listed, but took it out at the last minute.  Now I am adding it again because it is important:
"...it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever."  Frankly, I think that Gatsby now feels like he has Daisy in his grasp and the chase is no longer as exciting as it was before.]
Gatsby then takes Nick and Daisy to tour his mansion and to showcase his personal objects of luxury and status to Daisy.  She is in awe.  It seems to the reader that there is a very good possibility Gatsby and Daisy may re-ignite their relationship, even if it is forbidden.   

Finally, Nick leaves them alone and returns to his own place.

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