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Chapter 4

  1. 1. The Great Gatsby Chapter 4
  2. 2. What city does Gatsby tell Nick he is from? <ul><li>Minneapolis </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford </li></ul><ul><li>Louisville </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco </li></ul>
  3. 3. What does Gatsby show the police officer when his car is pulled over? <ul><li>A gun </li></ul><ul><li>A wallet full of cash </li></ul><ul><li>A white card </li></ul><ul><li>His passport </li></ul>
  4. 4. What leads Nick to believe Gatsby might have acquired his money illegally? <ul><li>He meets the shady figure Wolfshiem </li></ul><ul><li>He sees Gatsby cleaning a gun </li></ul><ul><li>Gatsby asks Nick to deliver a “package” </li></ul><ul><li>He notices a detective following Gatsby </li></ul>
  5. 5. According to Nick, what was Gatsby looking at the night Nick first saw him? <ul><li>The meaning of life </li></ul><ul><li>Daisy’s dock </li></ul><ul><li>A police boat </li></ul><ul><li>A lighthouse </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does Jordan say Gatsby wants Nick to do? <ul><li>Kill Tom </li></ul><ul><li>Bring Daisy to one of Gatsby’s parties </li></ul><ul><li>Invite Gatsby to his house while Daisy is there </li></ul><ul><li>Help him find a job </li></ul>
  7. 7. Characterisation <ul><li>Chapter 4 begins with Nick listing the “names of those who came to Gatsby’s house that summer.” </li></ul><ul><li>How does this section serve to further clarify the distinction between the inhabitants of East Egg and West Egg? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you notice about the style of this section? Why do you think Fitzgerald/Nick decided to write it in this way? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Characterisation <ul><li>How is Gatsby characterised in the next section of the chapter, in the car on the way from Long Island to Manhattan? </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on: </li></ul><ul><li>His language </li></ul><ul><li>His body language </li></ul><ul><li>His car </li></ul>
  9. 9. Symbolism – The Queensboro Bridge <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Meyer Wolfshiem <ul><li>This character is partly based on the famous gambler Arnold Rothstein. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>What does the introduction of this character suggest about the nature of Gatsby’s business dealings? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Point of view <ul><li>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? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Voice <ul><li>Look again at pages 72-76. </li></ul><ul><li>Why have the next section of the chapter narrated by Jordan Baker? </li></ul><ul><li>What does her narrative voice reveal about her? </li></ul><ul><li>Any comment on the style of this section? </li></ul>
  13. 13. An unreliable narrator? <ul><li>Look again at the end of the chapter, from page 76 to 78. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Form and structure <ul><li>Comment on the structure of the chapter. </li></ul><ul><li>Five distinct sections, each in a different style. </li></ul><ul><li>Cinematic? </li></ul><ul><li>Modernist? </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzgerald the writer, or Nick the storyteller? </li></ul>