Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chapter 9 Gatsby

" After two years" 163
- Find it interesting that Nick, remembers all of this so vividly. Shows the impact it had on his life. Curious on why he waited two years to start telling his story. Making a connection to the movie, it seemed Nick needed to talk to someone about Gatsby and what's not. Did his death impact Nick that much? The way he wrote it, he doesn't really explain how he felt.
" I was responsible" 164
- Found this interesting. Why does he feel responsible for telling the story about Gatsby? ( I mean, I think that's what he is saying. He knew him on a personal level, like explained, so it makes sense that people would come to him for questions )
" She and tom had gone away early that afternoon" 164
- Where'd they go? Ever coming back?
" Let me know about the funeral" 166
- Never thought about this. Gatsby did not associate with a lot of people, especially family. We know none of his family up to this point, so will show up to his funeral? Will he even have one?
" Connection was broken." 167
- Interesting call. Not sure who it was
"Henry C. Gatz arrived from a town" 167
- Assuming Gatsby's father or relative. ( Gatz ) Can also assume that this was the man who called, as this happened directly after
" It was Gatsby's father" 167
- Why did Gatsby ditch his family?
"Jimmy" 168
- Why does his father keep calling him Jimmy? Just a nickname? We heard that his name before was James, not Jimmy. They are similar so I might be overthinking. Haha
"James J. Hill" 168
- His father said he could have been great like this guy and helped build the country. I googled him, and it seemed he helped expand and influence the railroad system. Not too sure how that relates to Gatsby. The only similarity I can find is they both found a way to get money.
"They were hard to find" 169
- Again showing how little people associated with Gatsby. Why is Nick including this detail?
" Of course I'll do my very best to get away" 169
- Sounds like he is main excuses. Why does he not want to show up?
"After that, I felt a certain shame for Gatsby" 169
- Interesting line. I can see why he says this.
" The Swastika Holding Company" 170
- Use of Holocaust and Swastika in this book. That's really odd! Haha
- I googled the use of Swastika during this time. I did not realize that it was commonly used even years before Hitler arrived, so I guess this isn't as weird. Still odd considering how these symbols and words would change in the next 20 years after this book.
" When I was a young man it was different--- if a friend of mine died, no matter how I stuck with them to the end. You may think that's sentimental, but I mean it---to the bitter end" 171
- Interesting! What has changed to make him think different, or act differently? Why does everyone seem to avoid going to his funeral? Just find it messed up.
" Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead" 172
- Interesting line. Not to sure what he means by this? Is he saying, that putting someone to rest is wrong? We should not focus on their death, but more so the life they lived?
" He come out to see me two years ago and bought me the house I live in now" 172
- Guess that's cool of Gatsby! Not like he did nothing for them. Still curious why he did not see his parent more often though. Did his dream get in the way of that?
"Hopalong Cassidy" 173
- He says it was a book in his childhood. I did a little research about the book, and I found that it was a cowboy, who acted as a hero. Again not sure how this relates to Gatsby. Maybe the hero role? Gatsby was a war veteran and always seemed to try to the best for those he cared about, especially Daisy.
"Nobody came" 174
- :(
" Was the man with owl-eyed glasses" 174
- Almost forgot about him. What's the significance that he decided to show up?
' I tried to thin about Gatsby then for a moment, but he was already too far away, and I could only remember, without resentment, that Daisy hadn't sent a message or a flower" 174
- Hmm! I like this line. Can tie this quote into the idea that Daisy might be "dead" in a way as well. Gatsby had died, and his dream had died as well. His dream was Daisy, and since then, Daisy has not been seen. The fact that she has not shown her presence at all, makes me think that she "died" as well when Gatsby passed.
"Blessed are the dead that the rain falls on. Amen to that" 175
- Slight, but I think it ties into the religious views the book has hidden.
" Rain " 175
- Why did it start raining here? The weather has had an impact on some parts of the novel. What does the rain symbolize here?
"Railroad" 175
- Related to that one dude. ( James J Hill )
"We're all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life. " 176
- Alright, so he tells us a little about his past. Just realized that we knew really nothing about Nick! We have been so focused on Gatsby that we never took the time to look at the narrator. As for the quote, is Nick implying, that they weren't suited for this lifestyle and chased false dreams? They all looked for the high life, which I assume the east offered, that they forgot where they came from in a way?
" East was haunted for me like that......Decided to come back home" 176
- Interesting line!
" Angry, and half in love with her"  177
- Nick has been the only one to really express a love interest, so fount this interesting!
" Yes. You now what I think of you." 178
- So Nick is not involving himself with Tom anymore! That's good!
" I told him the truth" 178
- Is Nick going to tell him the actual truth or let it be?
" New world ..... Unknown world " 180
- Relates to the quote involving Gatsby death we went over in class
 " He could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him" 180
Nice line! See it as Gatsby was too foolish to see that his dream seemed close but was long gone.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us." 180
- The green light represents a dream. I feel this relates to the idea that even if we accomplish one dream, we will have another that we won't be able to get to.
" So we beat on, boats against the current, brone back ceaslessly into the past."  180
- Relates to Gatsby job with the boat in a way, and then the idea of the past I found really interesting. Nick doesn't believe that he can repeat the past, but the memories will always be with him.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Chapter 8 Gatsby

" I felt that I had something to tell him" 147
- I feel something big might be happening. Kinda see this line as those times where people felt something bad was going to happen, but didn't say anything till it was too late. Wonder what this could be
" Nothing happened" 147
- Relates back to what Nick said at the end of the previous chapter, where he stood and looked over nothing. How is Gatsby right now mentally? Dark place? Confused?
" It was this night that he told me the strange story of his youth" 148
- Why did Nick decide to include the story of Dan Cody chapters before?
 " I can't describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her" 150
- Would Daisy's and Gatsby's life be better if they never met? Is Gatsby happy?
 - I feel with Gatsby obsessed with her, it's bringing his life down. In this case, though, it's safe to say, if they never met, Gatsby would have never had the pursue to get filthy rich, and maybe could have been a happier person, despite not having the money. Tying into the American Dream concept. Is Gatsby American Dream love?
"They're a rotten crowd, You're worth the whole damn bunch put together" 154
- Remember this line in the movie. Why does it mean so much to Nick that he said this? I somewhat get the sense that Gatsby does not make it out of the book alive, considering Nick focuses so much on how glad he said that, considering it's the only compliment he ever gave him.
" I have a way of finding out " 158
- In the movie, I remember Tom tells him that it was Gatsby. Can't recall if that happened in the book. I am going to assume that it does, considering ti makes sense. What will he do? Is he seeking revenge?
" Doctor T.J. Eckleburg" 159
- More focus on his eyes. They have been posted a lot, and I am getting the sense that they represent that there is always someone watching their actions and them in general. A lot of the characters lie in this book, and most of the truth about them eventually comes out.
"God sees everything" 160
- Interesting line, that relates to my previous comment in a way.
" The gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete." 
- Alright, so he shot Gatsby and killed himself
- Before this, Nick was talking in a way that he felt Gatsby was done in this world, and his fate was set in stone in a way. Found that interesting.
- What does he mean by holocaust was complete? Believe it means mass murder, but only two have died.

What part of Gatsby died before he was murdered?
- In the book itself, Nick says, "He no longer cared. That he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream." With this quote, I think it seems that Gatsby felt he had no purpose in life, and it was his time. So, I think Gatsby was already "dead" before Wilson murdered him. You can also say his dream died before he was murdered by looking at the quote.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chapter 7 Gatsby

Is Mr. Gatsby sick? 113
- Wondering this as well. Whats up with him?
They're all brothers and sisters. 114
- Found that odd. Also, suspicious that they all associated with Mr. Wolfsheim
"Hot,hot,hot" 115
- What does heat mean here?
" Kissing him on the mouth" 116
- You have to assume Tom knows something is happening between the two. What will he do? Does Daisy look at this as payback, considering he cheats on her?
" I dont think he ever really believed in its existence before" 117
- Woah. Did not expect this? Why now is the kid becoming revealed? It seems that Gatsby and Daisy are getting closer so this could be the thing that separates them. Will it though? Considering, Gatsby has done so much to get her, would a kid make him stop?
" Seems the sun is getting hotter every year " 118
- More talk about heat. Why so?
About Gatsby" 122
- What has he found out?
Imagine marrying someone in this heat" 127
- Found this line interesting for two reasons. One, the reference back to heat, and two, marriage. Marriage in this book seems to have no real meaning. Considering, Tom cheats on Daisy, Daisy cheats on Tom with Gatsby, and Meryl cheats on her husband with Gatsby.
"Shes never loved you. She loves me." 130
- How is Tom going to respond? How does Daisy feel about him saying this? Is this a false statement? Was there ever a time when Daisy loved him?
I never loved him" 132
- Well that answers that
" Drug stores" 133
- Well that's what he's been doing I assume. How is the group gonna respond to this? Will they care?
" So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight."  136
- Found this line interesting. What does it mean? Has the tone of heat with death, but then the opposite tone with the word cooling.
" The death car" 137
- Well, the line above foreshadows this in a way. Is it just foreshadowing her death or is there more to come? Who killed her? Also, how will this death affect Tom?                                                              
"Rhe mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners" 137
- Why did he make it so descriptive? In a way, it sounds like she was trying to say something before her death since her mouth is open. I can somewhat connect this to other characters. I feel a lot of characters are wanting to say stuff, but can not, so it relates in a way.                          
" Oh, my Ga-od!"139
- Poor dude. Feel bad for him.
" Yes, but of course ill say I was" 143
- Dude is so in love with her that he will take the blame. Hope he doesn't.
" So I waled away and left him standing there in the moonlight---watching over nothing" 145
Interesting line. Whats it fully mean? Are his chances of being with her gone?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chapter 5: Gatsby

Dialectical Journal: Chapter 5
" I saw that it was Gatsby's House" 81
- Do people get annoyed by these parties if they don't go?
" But there wasn't a sound" 81
- Alright, may not be a party, but my question above still applies to when there is a party.
" I want to get the grass cut" 82
- seems like he does not want to meet her, or at least his avoiding the meeting. Assume he's nervous
" I carry a little business on the side, a sort of side line, you understand" 82
- Think this is the shady thing I have been expecting. Haha, I knew something was up! What is thus side business? I am sure it's not legal.
" Well, this would interest you " 83
- Is Nick gonna join his side company?
- A lot of talk about wealth in this book. Does Nick become wealthy by this side company?
------- ( Above) He did not join, at least not yet
" Gatsby, in white flannel suit....." 84
- More description of his outfit, showcasing his wealth.
" Old sport" Everywhere 
- Haha why does he refer to people as old sport?\
" I can't wait all day." 85
- Why is he so anxious? Does he want to meet Daisy?
" Five years next November." 87
- That exact. He really liked her
" There was the change in Gatsby that was simply confounding." 89
- What happened while Nick went outside? Interesting how comfortable things got so fast.
" It took me just three years to earn the money that bought it." 90
- Alright, what he's saying is not adding up.
" Do you mean you've been thinking over what I purposed the other night" 90
- Why does he want him to join it so bad?
" I've never seen such beautiful shirts before" 92
- I don't see how this would make her cry. Just odd
" Name sounded faintly familiar" 93
- Did Nick know him?
" Small town" 93
- Interesting phone call! Assuming this can be part of his side business?
"Then I went out of the room and down the marble steps into the rain, leaving them there together." 96
- So is Gatsby and Daisy going to have a relationship?
- Is Tom going to find out?  If Tom finds out, will he be mad or glad? He has a history of cheating?

Other:
A lot of emphasis on light in this book. Why? What does light represent in the book? 

Seems to be a big thing regarding the relationship's in this book as well. 

Money as well. Nick is constantly describing Gatsby's wealth. Just find it interesting. 

Level 2 statement:
Eyes have been stated a lot, when talking about Gatsby. (" His eyes glanced" 86, "Glaring tragically into my eyes" 86, Picture cover )
- What do eyes represent in this book? They clearly have a big meaning, considering the focus on eyes, from passages and the cover photo. 



Monday, March 20, 2017

Gatsby: Chapter 4

The Dialectical Journal: Chapter 4
"All these people came to Gatsby's house in the summer." 63
- Impressed Nick remembered all these people. Haha, but this further shows how much of an observer Nick is. I am curious to see read more about the parties, and learn about Gatsby more
"Good morning, old sport. " 64
- Why is Gatsby so intent on meeting Nick, out of all people? He has so many parties, that he sees people from all walks of land. What makes Nick special?
" Admiration at his car" 64
"Carmel coloured Suit" 64
- Where did he get all this money? Like he is loaded!
" Little sinister" 65
- Is Gatsby telling the truth? If so, answers my question above. My question then, who were his parents? Like, being able to afford a place like that, and everything he has, they had to be known, or super successful.
" Sad thing that happened to me" 67
- What happened? I am curious
"Even Gatsby could happen" 69
- What does this mean?
" Thats the kind of man you'd like to take home and introduce to your mother and sister." 72
- Again, he seems to perfect. Haha, I am back and forth with him. I am curious to see what the sad that that happened is. Might change or settle what I think about him.
"He's a smart man" 73
- Alright, he associates with shady people. What shady thing is Gatsby doing?
"Daisy Fay.... Most popular of all the girls" 74
- Reminded me of the author's wife.
" His name was Jay Gatsby" 75
Woah.
" She began to cry" 76
- Clearly, she did not want to marry Tom? Why did she end up marrying him? She could have anyone, considering she was so popular. why did she choose him?

So is Gatsby talking to Nick, just to get to Daisy?


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gatsby: Chapter 3

The Dialectical Journal: Chapter 3
"There was music......guests diving from the tower..." 39
- Assuming this is Gatsby's house. Why does he host so many parties like this? Who even is he, still hasn't appeared. Haha
" I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited, they went there." 41
- I am curious how Gatsby feels about this? Assuming he sends out the invitations, it seems he would be annoyed by random people showing up. Also, a few sentences later, it says they go without meeting him at all. Does he avoid the guest that he did not invite?
" As soon as I arrived I made an Attempt.....denied so vehemently and knowledge of his movement" 42
- Thought this was interesting. Why did they say that? Have they ever seen him or are they lying/protecting him?
" He doesn't want any trouble with anybody" 43
- Why is that surprising. Haha who wants trouble?
"Killed someone....German spy" 44
- Interesting. Wonder why he has all these thoughts about him, but from my understanding, no one really knows about him. Do they label him like this, because they are jealous of his success? Calling someone a murderer is a big statement unless its in war. That can be a pass. But, I feel that people are jealous of his success and are trying to bring him down to their level. Kinda ties in with the American Dream concept.
"Im Gatsby" 48
- Finally meet him, after 48 pages. Haha, but this is interesting. He was in the military, so they were right about that. He seemed surprised that Nick did not know him, or recognize him. Thought that was odd
"Miss Baker?....Mr gatsby would like to speak to you alone"
- Interesting. Why so? Prediction, but in the movie trailer, there was a chick that Gatsby was about. Think this may be her. Assuming the book and movie are similar. Haha
" It was....simply amazing" 52
- This Gatsby dude freaking me out a little. He seems a little too perfect, judging from her and his first impressions. He has to be lying to them in some sense, and have some baggage. Curious to see how this goes.
" I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. " 59
This is how chapter 3 ends. I found it really interesting. Is he being truthful? Who else is dishonest?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Great Gatsby: Chapter 2

The Dialectical Journal: Chapter 2
" This is the valley of ashes" ( 23 )
- What is the valley of ashes? I am predicting it is not that great of a place. Ashes leave's a dark vibe with me.
"The eyes of Doctor T.J....." 23 
- Kind of creepy. Haha, do they have any relation to the eyes on the cover? I doubt considering, the ones on the front appear to be a female. Maybe, eyes will have a deeper meaning in the book, as they have come up twice. Maybe ideas involving actually seeing have a big involvement in the book.
"Though I was curious to see her, I had no desire to meet her" 24
- Haha, just found this odd. She a people watcher? Why does she not have the interest to meet her. Also, just a slight detail that likely has no significance that relates to the seeing idea from the line above, but she says "see her".
Just an observation, but Fitzgerald includes a lot of description when describing things or people. 
'That dog will cost you ten dollars" 28
-  Just an interesting comparison to today's times, as prices are much higher nowadays.
" The impartment......garden of Versailles" 29
- Why so much description on an impartment? Assuming the impartment is important considering how much he has described it.
"I have been drunk just twice in life, and the second time was that afternoon" 29
- Haha curious to see why that was his last time. Something bad happens that causes him to stay away?
"Simon Called Peter" 29
The second the book has been referenced. Wonder why Fitzgerald chose this book. I looked it up, it seems to be about religion. I am curious to see if this has a bigger role.
" Most of these fellas will cheat you every time.All they think about is money" 31
- Money has been an idea we have talked about in class. It seems most of the characters are doing well financially so I am curious to see how this comes back if it does. Seems like for shadowing
"I'm scared of him. I'd hate to have him get anything on me." 32
- Why is she scared of Gatsby? We haven't met Gatsby yet, so I have no idea what he's like. Kind of odd that we haven't met him yet, considering the title is named after him.
" Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie." 33
- I am curious why they lied as well. I also connected this Catholic idea back to the book, "Simon Called Peter as the title is a reference back to the first pope of the catholic church.
"Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" 37
What made him do this? Why does he get so angry?

Other question, the chapter don't have titles. If there was a title for this chapter, what would it be?