The Great Gatsby
- What does this quote tell you about the narrator Nick and how this personality trait might impact the rest of the story?
“I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.”
- What is Nick’s opinion of Jay Gatsby (since the book is a flashback after chapter 1)? – Put the description in your own words.
“Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction--Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away.”
- What does this quote tell you about life in the 1920s and Nick’s relationship to it?
“I bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit and investment securities and they stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint, promising to unfold the shining secrets that only Midas and Morgan and Maecenas knew.”
- List adjectives that Nick uses to describe Tom
- How does this quote summarize Nick’s view of Tom’s personality? List adjectives that describe Jordan.
“I had no sight into Daisy's heart but I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking a little wistfully for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game.”