Great Gatsby Character Journal

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The Great Gatsby Journal Chapter 1 Summary- In Chapter 1, the reader finds that Nick Carraway, a moral and tolerant man from the Midwest, narrates and takes the role of author for the rest of the story. Throughout the book, the reader looks at the happenings through Nick's eyes and finds out what he is thinking. Chapter 1, like many chapter 1's, starts out with someone or something explaining themselves and showing how their life has gone thus far. The Great Gatsby is no exception. Nick says that he came from the Midwest to New York's "West Egg" on Long Island. As the name might imply, there is also an "East Egg", which Nick describes the more fashionable of the two. East Egg is where Nick goes one evening, in order to reacquaint himself…show more content…
He, obviously, is the narrator, and the person whom we see the story through. He gives us his opinions on the matters at hand, and we see the book through his viewpoint. The traits described above allow him to be such a great narrator, for he can get people to confide in him, and relay this information to the reader. Quote- "This is a valley of ashes¼" Pg. 27 "Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens and then sank down himself into eternal blindness or forgot them and moved away." Describing the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, an advertisement in the Valley of Ashes Pg. 27-28 These quotes describe two of maybe three important symbols in the book. The Valley of Ashes signifies the open road ahead which civilization is going for, yet the ashes symbolize the decay of society, where the pursuit for wealth leaves behind a mark. This mark could be considered a mark of poorness that the non-pursuers have to deal with. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg signify the watchful eyes of God upon what America did in the 1920s. The American's blindness of the time resulted in industrial problems throughout the country. Chapter 3 Summary- In Chapter 3, Nick's long awaited and wanted introduction of Gatsby happens. It happens at Gatsby's party, in which Nick is given an invitation to by a chauffeur in symbolic robin's egg blue. While at the party, Nick searches for a friend in which to attend the party with
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