Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chapter 9 (The Great Gatsby)

"But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them."

Where did Daisy and Tom go? Did they leave because they were afraid of something happening to them in regards to Gatsby's death?

What makes Daisy and Tom such heartless people? Do you think Tom's personality has rubbed off on Daisy and turned her into the person she is? I feel like when her and Gatsby were together before the war Daisy was a completely different person. 

"'When a man gets killed I never like to get mixed up in it in any way. I keep out....'"

Has Mr. Wolfsheim experienced multiple deaths before?


Did Nick ever really like Jordan?

"'What's the matter, Nick? Do you object to shaking hands with me?'"

Why is Tom acting like nothing happened? Why does he have to be such a hateful person?

"Gatsby believed in the green light,..."

What is Nick going to do now that Gatsby is gone? What is going to happen to all of Gatsby's things?

Chapter 8 (The Great Gatsby)

"He couldn't possibly leave Daisy until he knew what she was going to do."

What could Daisy possibly be doing? Is Gatsby trying to see how she will react to him taking the blame for the death of Myrtle?

"It excited him too, that many men had already loved Daisy - it increased her value in his eyes."

Why does Gatsby make it seem like Daisy is a prize to him. If he really loved her he wouldn't care about, "her value."

Daisy is really confusing me right now. Does she truly love Gatsby or is this all an act for her? If it is an act, why is she acting like she cares? If she truly loves him, why doesn't she leave Tom? Does she feel trapped?"

"It's impossible this afternoon. Various - "

What was Nick going to say? Why did he stop in the middle of his sentence?

"I want to see you, too."

"I don't know which of us hung up with a sharp click, but I know I didn't care."

Why did Nick tell Jordan he wanted to see her when clearly he has no interest?

"'...You may fool me, but you can't fool God!'"

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chapter 7 (The Great Gatsby)

Do you think Gatsby knew that Daisy, Tom, and Nick were all going to be having lunch at the same place him and Jordan were?

"And what's more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time."

Why would such little lies cause Daisy to go back to Tom? Does that make her think that Gatsby has been lying to her this whole time?

If Daisy is so willing to go back to Tom so fast does that mean she's been lying this whole time about her love for Gatsby?

"I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife."

What's sad is that Tom has been doing that exact same thing with Myrtle.

What is Daisy looking for in a man? I'm starting to wonder what Daisy actually wants. She is with someone who has a lot of money but cheats on her and treats her poorly. She doesn't want to be with Gatsby purely because he may or may not have gone to Oxford. Why does the history matter so much to her? Is she just in it for the money?

From what we know about Daisy, I think Gatsby is too good for her. The fact that Gatsby would risk going to jail for murder just to cover her shows how much he really loves her. Tom definitely wouldn't have done that for her. And if Tom wants to fight so hard to win Daisy back, then why would've he been cheating on her?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chapter 6 (The Great Gatsby)

"...but it was already Jay Gatsby who borrowed a rowboat,..."

I'm still confused as to why Gatsby keeps lying about his past. For example, he keeps on saying that he went to Oxford when he actually went to the small Lutheran college of St. Olaf in Southern Minnesota.

Why did Cody take Gatsby in so easily? He didn't have any hesitation at all.

Why does Tom seem so bothered by Daisy being with Gatsby. Tom doesn't even love her.

"I remember being surprised by his graceful, conservative fox-trot..."

It's pretty evident that Daisy is still in love with Gatsby

"He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: "I never loved you."

I think Daisy never actually loved Tom, Gatsby just doesn't believe it.

"'I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before.'"

If Gatsby tries to do that, I don't think he's going to win Daisy back.

Why does Gatsby want everything to be how it used to? Why can't he just tell Daisy how he actually feels? I don't think Daisy is going to come crawling back to Gatsby, he's going to have to show her that they're still meant to be together.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chapter 5 (The Great Gatsby)

How was Gatsby's house on fire at the beginning of the chapter and then later on it's perfectly fine?

"-you see, I carry on a little business on the side, a sort of side line, you understand."

What little business does Gatsby run on the side? The book never told us.

I think it's interesting that whenever Gatsby is talking to Nick, after anything he says, "old sport," comes after. I think this is also sort of annoying since he's talking to Nick in a manner that says, "I'm better than you," when Nick is helping Gatsby. And Gatsby deep down is incredibly insecure about himself.

"'Are you in love with me,'"

Why did Daisy say this to Nick? Does she secretly like Nick? In the movie they made Daisy seem like she had interest in Nick.

"Daisy's face was smeared with tears,..."

What were Gatsby and Daisy talking about that made Daisy cry?

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such - such beautiful shirts before."

What makes the shirts so beautiful? I feel like there's something else that's on Daisy's mind while she's walking through the house.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chapter 4 (The Great Gatsby)

We still don't really know what made Gatsby so famous in the world. We know he has lots of money and knows plenty of people, but what did he do to get there?

"'My family all died and I came into a good deal of money.'"

Who raised Gatsby if his family died when he was young?

How did Mr. Wolfsheim change the 1919 World Series?

"'Yeah, Gatsby's very careful about women.'"

Why is Gatsby so careful about women? What does Mr Wolfsheim mean when he says, "careful."

"They shook hands briefly, and a strained, unfamiliar look of embarrassment came over Gatsby's face."

Could this look of embarrassment be because Gatsby is intimidated by Tom?

What did Gatsby say in the letter to Daisy?

I don't understand why Gatsby doesn't try to talk to Daisy?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Chapter 3 (The Great Gatsby)

Just out of curiosity, why would Mr. Gatsby invite Nick? He's never even spoke to him before?

What is the significance of the scene where Jordan and Nick go into the library and find the drunk man? What was Fitzgerald trying to tell us as readers? It was just interesting that him and Jordan stayed in there even when they noticed that the man wasn't Mr. Gatsby.

Why do they seem so eager to find the host, Mr. Gatsby

It's cool how Fitzgerald incorporated details from his life into the story. Like Mr. Gatsby being in the military.

It's interesting how Mr. Gatsby refers to Nick as "Old Sport" after everything he says to him.

Gatsby really wants to get to know Nick. He's talked to him once and he invited him to go fly a hydroplane the next morning.

What did Mr. Gatsby talk about with Jordan Baker? Clearly he had a lot to say since they were in his room for an hour.

"'Don't ask me,' said Owl Eyes,..."

Who is Owl Eyes?

Were the two criminals who tried to steal the car drunk?