The Great Gatsby: Chapter 8

In Chapter 8, the reader gets a glimpse into Gatsby and Daisy's past relationship. After Daisy marries Tom, Gatsby returns to Daisy's hometown, hoping somehow to feel Daisy's presence, to breath in the air that surrounded her, to touch the inanimate objects where her hand might have lain: The track curved and now it was … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 8

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 7

Of all the characters, I'm anxious to see Carey Mulligan's portrayal of Daisy Buchanan. Her part will be the most difficult to play. She is the woman Gatsby has been dreaming about for five years. Even Nick, her cousin, seems to be infatuated with her as well. He pays particular attention to describing her voice … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 7

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6

Chapter 6 gives the reader a glimpse of Gatsby the Dreamer, of how the poor James Gatz became the rich Jay Gatsby. What I love about this chapter is how Fitzgerald states something seemingly trivial and mysterious about Gatsby in the beginning of the chapter and then uses that information to solidify Gatsby's fate. Also, … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 6

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 4

Chapter 4 opens with Nick juxtaposing the church going people with the people who enjoy Gatsby’s hospitality. Contrasting these images emphasizes the contradictory nature of the people Nick encounters throughout the novel; whether they are new money or old money, these people are morally challenged and judgmental, and definitely unworthy of the hospitality Gatsby showers … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 4

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 3

The reader finally meets Gatsby in Chapter 3. What's intriguing about this chapter is that Nick plays with the myth that surrounds Gatsby by presenting him as a magician or an actor of sorts, putting on a big show for all his guests. The elaborateness of the ruse culminates when Nick describes Gatsby's confidence-filled smile, … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 3

The Great Gatsby: Chapter 1

On May 10th, 2013 the new attempt at turning the beloved novel into a movie will be released; as hopeful as I am that it will be a beautiful rendition, I am just as doubtful that anything can do it justice. The other versions fell flat. They did a good job at presenting the basic … Continue reading The Great Gatsby: Chapter 1