The Great GatsbyThe Great GatsbyKees IJzerman April 2013
Storyline• Nick Carraway rents a small house in WestEgg, Long Island• Visits cousin Daisy and her husband Tom• Notices they are not happy.• Meets golf player Jordan Baker there.• She informs Nick Tom has a mistress, Myrtle.• Myrtle is married too: George Wilson, ownerof garage in the Valley of Ashes
Storyline• Tom takes Nick to see Myrtle.• Tom breaks Myrtle’s nose.• Partying next door to Nick: huge house.(Jay Gatsby)• Nick gets invited to one of these parties.
Storyline• Nick is introduced to Gatsby• Gatsby take Nick to see Meyer Wolfsheim(shady character)• Jordan tells Nick part of Gatsby’s history:- poor officer, in love w. Daisy, go to war- Daisy married Tom (=old money)• Gatsby returned from war: new Gatsby(rich, opulent lifestyle)
Storyline• Via Jordan, Gatsby asks Nick to arrange ameeting with Daisy.• They still love one another
Storyline• Daisy and Gatsby drive back in G’s yellow car.• The other three later• They see accident: Myrtle has been killed by ayellow car.• Wilson finds out whose car killed his wife• Thinking Gatsby drove, he kills him and the ncommits suicide.• In fact, it was Daisy who drove the car.
Storyline• Nick tries to get Gatsby’s friends to attend thefuneral.• Nick and Jordan break up.• Only Gatsby’s father turns up at the funeral
What does it mean?• Fitzgerald’s take on the ‘roaring twenties”.• Easy money; shallow people.• East Egg vs. West Egg• Gatsby is killed because he loved and wasloyal.
What does it all mean?• The Green Light at Daisy’s Dock: symbol ofGatsby’s dream and the American Dream• The Valley of Ashes: the dirt and rubbish thatis caused by trying to become rich.• ‘Great’ Gatsby: bootlegger, in with criminals,but ‘good guy’• He dies; with him his dream dies: theAmerican Dream?