The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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1. Nick Carraway narrates the story in both first and third person. I would characterize his voice as contradictory. At some points in the novel, he disapproves of Gatsby’s actions but at other times, he seems to admire him.

2. In the very first chapter we find out that Nick believes Gatsby represents everything he scorns. However, we also learn that Nick exempts Gatsby completely from his usual judgments.

3. Nick is a young man from Minnesota who has been to war and to college. In addition, we find out that his father raised him to not judge others. This particular information is important because it helps the reader to trust that he is a reliable narrator who reserves judgment.

4. The major differences between East Egg and West Egg is that West Egg is home to the new rich (having made their fortunes recently), while East Egg is home to people who have inherited their money from ancestors.

5. Tom Buchanan is a former member of Nick’s social club at Yale and is a very powerful figure. He seems to be a white-supremacist by his interest in a book called The Rise of the Figure. Daisy Buchanan, on the other hand, seems more down-to-earth and accepting of others by the way she teases Tom about the book and “lounges” on the couch. Jordan Baker, a friend of Daisy’s, is a competitive golfer who becomes bored quite easily. She also seems to be quite dishonest throughout the novel.

6. The death of innocence is a major theme in The Great Gatsby. This theme is most visible in the
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