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The Great Gatsby Chapter 6


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  • 1. The Great Gatsby
    • Chapter 6
  • 2. Rumors still abound
    • About this time an ambitious young reporter from New York arrived one morning at Gatsby's door and asked him if he had anything to say
  • 3. James Gatz
    • Nick begins to set the record straight about Gatsby's past.
    • James Gatz was his legal name.
    • He had changed it at the age of seventeen.
    • James Gatz
    • Jay Gatsby
  • 4. Childhood
    • His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people from North Dakota.
    • Even as a boy, he dreamed of a better life.
  • 5.
    • At age sixteen, he set off to make his own way as a clam digger and salmon fisherman on the shore of Lake Superior.
  • 6. The Transition
    • While working along Lake Superior, Gatsby saw a large yacht drop anchor nearby.
    • It was James Gatz who had been loafing along the beach that afternoon in a torn green jersey and a pair of canvas pants, but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a rowboat and pulled out to the Yacht.
  • 7. Dan Cody
    • Dan Cody was fifty years old
    • Worth millions due to his Montana copper mining venture.
    • With vast wealth and no purpose, he became a drifter, drinker, and womanizer, sometimes prone to violence.
  • 8. Traveling
    • Dan Cody took an immediate liking to the young Gatsby and believed him to be quick and ambitious.
    • As a result, Cody invited the youth to sail with him to the West Indies while serving in a vague capacity as steward, mate, skipper, and secretary.
  • 9.
    • In essence, Gatsby became Cody's assistant and protector, watching over him during his drunken outings and wild parties.
    • Cody trusted the young man more and more.
    • The arrangement lasted five years and through three trips around the continent.
  • 10. Ella Kaye
    • Ella Kaye was newspaper woman involved with Dan Cody.
    • Ella Kaye came on board one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody died.
  • 11. Inheritance Lost
    • And it was from Cody that he inherited money
    • A legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars.
    • He didn't get it.
    • He never understood the legal device that was used against him, but what remained of the millions went intact to Ella Kaye.
  • 12. Back to the present
    • Nick has not seen his neighbor in several weeks because Gatsby is devoting his time to Daisy, and Nick has been involved with Jordan.
    • As a result, Nick decides to go over and check on Gatsby one Sunday afternoon.
    • He has not been in Gatsby's mansion for two minutes when a party of three horseback riders stops for a drink.
  • 13.
    • Moved by an irresistible impulse, Gatsby turned to Tom, who had accepted the introduction as a stranger.
    • “ I believe we've met somewhere before, Mr. Buchanan.”
    • “ Oh, yes,” said Tom, gruffly polite, but obviously not remembering. “So we did. I remember very well.”
    • “ About two weeks ago.”
    • “ That's right. You were with Nick here.”
    • “ I know your wife,” continued Gatsby, almost aggressively.
    • “ That so?”
    • Tom turned to me.
    • “ You live near here, Nick?”
    • “ Next door.”
    • “ That so?”
  • 14. Social Graces
    • Gatsby asks the trio to stay for dinner.
    • the female rider suggests, out of politeness, that Gatsby come to supper with them.
    • Gatsby does not realize that she doesn’t mean it, and he goes off to change for the dinner party.
    • Tom remarks, “My God, I believe the man's coming. Doesn't he know she doesn't want him?”
    • Tom immediately recognizes Gatsby's lack of class and wonders how in the world Daisy knows him.
    • When Gatsby returns downstairs, he discovers he has been left behind.
  • 15. Next Saturday
    • Tom was evidently perturbed at Daisy's running around alone, for on the following Saturday night he came with her to Gatsby's party.
    • I felt an unpleasantness in the air, a pervading harshness that hadn't been there before.
  • 16. The party
    • Daisy and Gatsby danced.
    • I remember being surprised by his graceful, conservative fox-trot - I had never seen him dance before.
    • Then they went to Nick’s house and sat on the steps for half an hour.
    • Nick “remained watchfully in the garden. “In case there's a fire or a flood,” she explained, “or any act of God.”
  • 17. The Party continues
    • Daisy tries to be excited about the party-goers and involved in the festivities, but everything about the party offends her. The women are inebriated and acting poorly, and Tom is chasing a girl who is “common but pretty.”
    • Gatsby introduces Tom as the polo player….
    • And Tom does not like it.
  • 18. Tom & Daisy Leave
    • “ Who is this Gatsby anyhow?” demanded Tom suddenly. “Some big bootlegger?”
    • “ Where'd you hear that?” I inquired.
    • “ I didn't hear it. I imagined it. A lot of these newly rich people are just big bootleggers, you know.”
  • 19. After the party
    • Gatsby asks Nick to stay after the other guests have left.
    • Nick immediately notices that his neighbor's eyes look tired and that his face is drawn tight.
    • He is the picture of misery.
    • Gatsby tells Nick that Daisy did not enjoy the party, that she does not understand him, and that he feels far away from her.
  • 20. Gatsby’s dream
    • He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: “I never loved you.”
    • After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken.
    • One of them was that, after she was free, they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house –
    • just as if it were five years ago.
  • 21. Recapturing the past
    • He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy.
    • His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was. . . .
  • 22. conclusion
    • Nick tries to warn his neighbor that it is difficult to repeat the past,
    • but Gatsby fools himself into believing that through his wealth he can make everything right with Daisy.