What does Gatsby show the police officer when his car is pulled over?
A wallet full of cash
A white card
What leads Nick to believe Gatsby might have acquired his money illegally?
He meets the shady figure Wolfshiem
He sees Gatsby cleaning a gun
Gatsby asks Nick to deliver a “package”
He notices a detective following Gatsby
According to Nick, what was Gatsby looking at the night Nick first saw him?
The meaning of life
A police boat
What does Jordan say Gatsby wants Nick to do?
Bring Daisy to one of Gatsby’s parties
Invite Gatsby to his house while Daisy is there
Help him find a job
Chapter 4 begins with Nick listing the “names of those who came to Gatsby’s house that summer.”
How does this section serve to further clarify the distinction between the inhabitants of East Egg and West Egg?
What do you notice about the style of this section? Why do you think Fitzgerald/Nick decided to write it in this way?
How is Gatsby characterised in the next section of the chapter, in the car on the way from Long Island to Manhattan?
His body language
Symbolism – The Queensboro Bridge
“ Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of nonolfactory money. The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”
This character is partly based on the famous gambler Arnold Rothstein.
He also mentions the fixing of the World’s Series baseball competition in 1919, which really happened. The agreement among historians seems to be that Arnold Rothstein did not arrange the fix but knew about it and bet accordingly.
What does the introduction of this character suggest about the nature of Gatsby’s business dealings?
Point of view
What are Gatsby and Nick’s perceptions of Meyer Wolfshiem and what do these suggest about the use of viewpoint in the novel as a whole?
Look again at pages 72-76.
Why have the next section of the chapter narrated by Jordan Baker?
What does her narrative voice reveal about her?
Any comment on the style of this section?
An unreliable narrator?
Look again at the end of the chapter, from page 76 to 78.
How does Nick’s behaviour at the end of the chapter - “...I drew her up again closer, this time to my face” – contrast his own comments about his personality.
Form and structure
Comment on the structure of the chapter.
Five distinct sections, each in a different style.