The Great Gatsby Chapter 6


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The Great Gatsby Chapter 6

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