Journal #35: Summary, Great Gatsby – Chapters 1-3, Major Points of Plot (Quiz Thursday, chs 1-3)

(Unit 10 Vocab quiz Friday; Vocab TEST on Monday, 9/10)

Literary Analysis Notebook:

8 topics to underline/highlight in your novel (for “quotes”):

  1. settingf. symbolism
  2. point of viewg. flashback
  3. characterh. allusion
  4. theme
  5. conflict

Write down main ideas...

(p. #’s from Scribner edition)

Chapter 1

(p. 2) Nick Carraway is trying to follow the advice of his father, attempting to be ______.

(p. 3, 5, 11) Nick has moved to New York, in the spring of 1922, to learn the ______business, living in West ______village, the “new rich” and therefore “less fashionable”village.

(p. 5) Jay Gatsby owns a mansion right next door to Nick.

(p. 5) Tom and ______(Nick’s second cousin once removed) live in East ______, with a three-year-old daughter.

(p. 6, 7, 9) Tom Buchanan, once a college ______player, is a muscular fellow with arrogant eyes; Daisy has bright eyes, lovely face, and a “low, thrilling voice.”

(p. 5, 9, 11, 18) Nick goes to dinner with Tom, Daisy, and Daisy’s friend, Jordan ______, a professional golfer,who is slender with a “charming, discontented face.”

(p. 15) Tom has a ______in New York, and receives a ______call from her during the dinner visit.

(p. 21) Gatsby is seen reaching out to a “single green ______” across the bay.

Chapter 2

(p. 23) The “Valley of ______,” half way between West Egg and New York, has a huge ______of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, an optometrist.

(p. 25, 28) While driving through, Tom introduces Nick to his mistress, ______Wilson, who lives with her husband George.

(p. 29) Tom, ______, and Nick go to the apartment in New York that Tom keeps for his ______.

(p. 30, 33) After they have organized a social gathering there, Catherine, Myrtle’s sister, a “slender, worldly girl,” says of both Myrtle and Tom, “Neither of them can ______the person they’re married to,” though adds that Daisy is ______.

(p. 29) How many times has Nick gotten drunk in his life? ______

(p. 37) Tom gets upset when Myrtle begins repeating ______name.... (What does Tom do?)

Setting: West Egg / East Egg; Valley of Ashes

Symbolism: billboard of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg (p. 23); drunken man with “owl-eyed spectacles” (pp. 45-46)

Conflict: Tom/Daisy, Tom/Myrtle, Myrtle/George, etc.

Chapter 3

(p. 41) Nick is invited to one of Gatsby’s ______.

(p. 44) Talking with Jordan at the party, people try to make sense of Gatsby: “Somebody told me they thought he ______a man once”; and, “he was a German spy during the war.”

(p. 46) One man’s been ______for “about a week now.”

(p. 48) Nick finally meets Gatsby at the party, and Gatsby invites him to join him in his ______the next day.

(p. 57, 58) Nick begins to like Jordan Baker, who is “incurably ______,” and had even cheated in a golf game in the semi-final round.

(p. 59) Nick says of himself that he is “one of the few ______people that I have ever known.”

Point of View: Nick Carraway (p. 59, etc.)

Character: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Daisy, Tom, Jordan, etc.