History Literature / TheGreatGatsby

29th May '16 12:36:55 PM Morgenthaler
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** Likewise, Tom is [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]] ("straw haired man") in the book, but usually portrayed with brown or dark hair.

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** Likewise, Tom is [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]] blond ("straw haired man") in the book, but usually portrayed with brown or dark hair.
6th May '16 7:23:18 PM slvstrChung
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* JadeColoredGlasses

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** Nick and Jordan. Downplayed. It's safe to assume she is from a higher economic bracket than he--she's a professional golfer, grew up friends with Daisy and is able to share in the Buchanans' rich carelessness, whilst he is from the Midwest, works in finance and lives in a bungalow in "the comforting proximity of millionaires"--but there's no ''canon'' discussion of their monetary status.
* JadeColoredGlassesJadeColoredGlasses: most characters have them in one way or another, excepting Gatsby (and that's arguably his FatalFlaw). Nick's CharacterDevelopment over the course of the story is about learning to wear them.



* KarmaHoudini: When his mistress is killed, Tom directs her suicidally mournful husband to Gatsby. Meanwhile, Tom and Daisy? Drift off to Chicago, leaving the entire unholy mess behind. However, it is implied that their relationship has been ruined by the whole experience. This is one of the themes of the novel: That the rich make a huge mess and leave, making others clean it up.
** Daisy as well: She's driving the car when it kills Myrtle. Gatsby offers to lie that he was at the wheel instead, and she allows him to take the blame.

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* KarmaHoudini: When his mistress is killed, Tom directs her suicidally mournful suicidally-mournful husband to Gatsby. Meanwhile, Tom and Daisy? Drift off to Chicago, leaving the entire unholy mess behind. However, it is implied that their relationship has been ruined by the whole experience. This is one of the themes of the novel: That the rich make a huge mess and leave, making leave others to clean it up.
** Daisy as well: She's driving the car when it kills Myrtle. Gatsby offers to lie that he was at the wheel instead, and which she allows lets him to take the blame.do.
29th Apr '16 11:50:59 PM AtmosBlitzer
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** Nick, in proportion as his cynicism grows. He keeps it largely to himself, though, save a few moments in the opening scenes:

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** Nick, in proportion as his cynicism grows. [[FirstPersonSmartass He keeps it largely to himself, though, though,]] save a few moments in the opening scenes:
21st Apr '16 8:23:49 AM Eievie
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* KissingCousins: Daisy gives off this vibe towards Nick early in the novel. It's worth noting that this is a case not based from attraction or sexual desire. People like Nick--in his late twenties without a wife or girlfriend to speak of--were often MistakenForGay in those days. On the absence of a significant other, he kissed Daisy in order to duck any gossip that might be spread about him (considering they are at a party). None of the partygoers would be savvy about Nick's relation to Daisy.

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* KissingCousins: Daisy gives off this vibe towards Nick early in the novel. It's worth noting that this is a case not based from attraction or sexual desire. People like Nick--in his late twenties without a wife or girlfriend to speak of--were often MistakenForGay in those days. On the absence of a significant other, he kissed Daisy in order to duck any gossip that might be spread about him (considering they are at a party). None of the partygoers would be savvy about Nick's relation to Daisy. Also, they're second cousins once removed--not a super close relation.
-->''"Are you in love with me," she said low in my ear, "or why did I have to come alone."''
15th Apr '16 1:21:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: With Gatsby's passion and determination, he could have just as easily made his money through legal means, and if he could have just let Daisy go [[spoiler:he would have been alive long enough to enjoy his success]].
7th Apr '16 10:32:05 AM Eievie
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He ends up next-door neighbors with Jay Gatsby: an enigmatic man who makes sure to flaunt his wealth to everyone by building a lavish mansion near Nick's home and throwing completely over-the-top weekly parties to which everyone who's anyone will come... but seeming, himself, mysteriously detached from it all. However, Gatsby has a long past with Daisy Buchanan, and many other, murkier secrets; and Nick finds himself continually thrust into the middle of a highly charged romantic triangle where money, passion, and sheer force of will battle it out, with lives lost and wasted as the result.

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He ends up next-door neighbors with Jay Gatsby: an enigmatic man who makes sure to flaunt his wealth to everyone by building a lavish mansion near Nick's home and throwing completely over-the-top weekly parties to which everyone who's anyone will come... come… but seeming, himself, mysteriously detached from it all. However, Gatsby has a long past with Daisy Buchanan, and many other, murkier secrets; and Nick finds himself continually thrust into the middle of a highly charged romantic triangle where money, passion, and sheer force of will battle it out, with lives lost and wasted as the result.



* DaydreamBeliever: Gatsby really believes that millionaires are GentlemanAdventurer[=s=] and his MultipleChoicePast are stories everyone thinks are ridiculous... at first. But given Gatsby is TheCharmer, he manages to make others believe, even for a little while, in his story. In chapter 4, he is confessing his past with the skeptical Nick:

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* DaydreamBeliever: Gatsby really believes that millionaires are GentlemanAdventurer[=s=] and his MultipleChoicePast are stories everyone thinks are ridiculous... ridiculous… at first. But given Gatsby is TheCharmer, he manages to make others believe, even for a little while, in his story. In chapter 4, he is confessing his past with the skeptical Nick:



With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. [[ClicheStorm The very phrases were worn so threadbare]] that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore as he pursued a tiger through the Bois de Boulogne... My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.''

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With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. [[ClicheStorm The very phrases were worn so threadbare]] that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore as he pursued a tiger through the Bois de Boulogne... Boulogne… My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.''



** The other (minor) car crash mentioned--Tom Buchanan was involved in a car accident... with a chambermaid in the passenger seat. These incidents tend to reveal adultery, don't they?

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** The other (minor) car crash mentioned--Tom Buchanan was involved in a car accident... accident… with a chambermaid in the passenger seat. These incidents tend to reveal adultery, don't they?



-->''"I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out... Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next [[UpToEleven they'll throw everything overboard and]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain have intermarriage between black and white."]]\\

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-->''"I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out... out… Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next [[UpToEleven they'll throw everything overboard and]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain have intermarriage between black and white."]]\\



What he really said was, "Yes... yes... all right."''

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What he really said was, "Yes... yes... "Yes… yes… all right."''



* LoveDodecahedron: Gatsby has his heart set on Daisy, who's married to Tom, who's conducting an open affair with Myrtle, who herself is married to George, who later on believes that Gatsby is responsible for killing Myrtle...

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* LoveDodecahedron: Gatsby has his heart set on Daisy, who's married to Tom, who's conducting an open affair with Myrtle, who herself is married to George, who later on believes that Gatsby is responsible for killing Myrtle...Myrtle…



** Daisy Fay. "Fay" has rather [[TheFairFolk unpleasant connotations.]] Also, her daughter's name, Pamela, not only refers to a very sentimental and idealistic novel by Samuel Richardson, but refers to Daisy herself--it means literally "all honey." And then there's Gatsby himself; "Gat" is a slang term for a gun...

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** Daisy Fay. "Fay" has rather [[TheFairFolk unpleasant connotations.]] Also, her daughter's name, Pamela, not only refers to a very sentimental and idealistic novel by Samuel Richardson, but refers to Daisy herself--it means literally "all honey." And then there's Gatsby himself; "Gat" is a slang term for a gun...gun…



* RuleOfSymbolism: Most famously--and unsubtly--"the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg" on an abandoned billboard along the highway the characters all travel. The eyes of God! And the green light is the American Dream! And... and the ashfields represent the gaps between humanity and the evil of consumerism! [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory And hell!]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Most famously--and unsubtly--"the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg" on an abandoned billboard along the highway the characters all travel. The eyes of God! And the green light is the American Dream! And... And… and the ashfields represent the gaps between humanity and the evil of consumerism! [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory And hell!]]



* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: subverted, and the subversion discussed. After Nick agrees to help Gatsby reunite with Daisy, Gatsby offers him some form of employment in his shady enterprises. Nick, in the narration, admits that this would have been a very serious WhatYouAreInTheDark moment... if he wasn't already planning on taking the "ThinkNothingOfIt" route.

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* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: subverted, Subverted, and the subversion discussed. After Nick agrees to help Gatsby reunite with Daisy, Gatsby offers him some form of employment in his shady enterprises. Nick, in the narration, admits that this would have been a very serious WhatYouAreInTheDark moment... moment… if he wasn't already planning on taking the "ThinkNothingOfIt" route.



Gatsby believed [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream in the green light, the orgastic future]] [[YankTheDogsChain that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then]], [[ScrewDestiny but that’s no matter]]--[[HopeSpot to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning--]]\\

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Gatsby believed [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream in the green light, the orgastic future]] [[YankTheDogsChain that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then]], [[ScrewDestiny but that’s no matter]]--[[HopeSpot to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... farther… And one fine morning--]]\\
6th Apr '16 4:41:50 PM Eievie
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** Daisy turns out to be a worse driver, though, [[spoiler:driving over Myrtle]].

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** Daisy turns out to be a worse driver, though, bad driver too, [[spoiler:driving over Myrtle]].Myrtle--although she ''did' run right out in front of the car]].
6th Apr '16 4:31:42 PM Eievie
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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Jay Gatsby (leukine), Tom Buchanan (choleric), George Wilson (melancholic), Nick Carraway (phlegmatic), Myrtle (sanguine), Jordan (choleric/melancholic), Daisy (sanguine/choleric), and Meyer Wolfsheim (phlegmatic/sanguine).

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Jay FourTemperamentEnsemble:
##Jay
Gatsby (leukine), Tom (leukine)
##Tom
Buchanan (choleric), George (choleric)
##George
Wilson (melancholic), Nick (melancholic)
##Nick
Carraway (phlegmatic), Myrtle (sanguine), Jordan (choleric/melancholic), Daisy (sanguine/choleric), and Meyer (phlegmatic)
##Myrtle Wilson (sanguine)
##Jordan Baker (choleric/melancholic)
##Daisy Buchanan (sanguine/choleric)
##Meyer
Wolfsheim (phlegmatic/sanguine).



** "At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete"

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** "At -->''At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete"complete''



* GreedyJew: Meyer Wolfsheim is a shady Jewish gangster who is implied to have rigged the World Series. Although he's apparently based on the life Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein, he's generally considered to be a fairly anti-semitic character.

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* GreedyJew: Meyer Wolfsheim is a shady Jewish gangster who is implied who's said to have rigged fixed the 1919 World Series. Although he's apparently based on the life Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein, he's generally considered to be a fairly anti-semitic character.
6th Apr '16 4:03:54 PM Eievie
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''The Great Gatsby'' is a 1925 novel, Creator/FScottFitzgerald's classic social critique, in which the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] dream of RagsToRiches is exposed as a noble illusion and self-absorbed, emotionally bankrupt RichBitch[=es=] are the reality. Largely because of this frank but wistful consideration of idealism vs. human nature, it has come to be considered the definitive American novel.

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''The Great Gatsby'' is a 1925 novel, Creator/FScottFitzgerald's classic social critique, in which the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] dream of RagsToRiches is exposed as a noble illusion and self-absorbed, emotionally bankrupt RichBitch[=es=] {{Rich Bitch}}es are the reality. Largely because of this frank but wistful consideration of idealism vs. human nature, it has come to be considered the definitive American novel.



[[ForeShadowing Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,]]\\
[[LovingAShadow I must have you!”]]

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[[ForeShadowing Till she cry “Lover, "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,]]\\
[[LovingAShadow I must have you!”]]you!"]]




--> ''In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.\\
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”]]''






* AdaptationDyeJob: In most film versions, Daisy will be blonde and Jordan will be brunette. It's the other way around in the book. Likewise, Tom is [[Main/BlondGuysAreEvil blond]] in the book, but usually portrayed with brown or dark hair.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: AdaptationDyeJob:
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In most film versions, Daisy will be blonde and Jordan will be brunette. It's In the other way around in the book. Likewise, book, Daisy's dark-haired ("her dark shining hair") and Jordan's a dark blond ("the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair").
**Likewise,
Tom is [[Main/BlondGuysAreEvil [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond]] ("straw haired man") in the book, but usually portrayed with brown or dark hair.



--> I shook hands with him; it seemed silly not to, for I felt suddenly as though I were talking to a child. Then he went into the jewelry store to buy a pearl necklace -- or perhaps only a pair of cuff buttons -- rid of my provincial squeamishness forever.

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--> I -->''I shook hands with him; it seemed silly not to, for I felt suddenly as though I were talking to a child. Then he went into the jewelry store to buy a pearl necklace -- or necklace--or perhaps only a pair of cuff buttons -- rid buttons--rid of my provincial squeamishness forever.''



* AnAesop: You really can't repeat the past. Gatsby's inability to accept this and let Daisy go leads to his [[spoiler: ruination and death.]]

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* AnAesop: You really can't repeat the past. Gatsby's inability to accept this and let Daisy go leads to his [[spoiler: ruination [[spoiler:ruination and death.]]



* BloodIsSquickerInWater: When [[spoiler: Gatsby dies in his swimming pool]], "a thin red circle in the water" fans out.

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* BloodIsSquickerInWater: When [[spoiler: Gatsby [[spoiler:Gatsby dies in his swimming pool]], "a thin red circle in the water" fans out.



--> It'll show you how I've gotten to feel about -- things. Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. [[TheBrainlessBeauty And I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool]]."

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--> It'll -->''It'll show you how I've gotten to feel about -- things.about--things. Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. [[TheBrainlessBeauty And I hope she'll be a fool -- that's fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool]].""''



** [[spoiler: Owl-Eyes.]]

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** [[spoiler: Owl-Eyes.[[spoiler:Owl-Eyes.]]



** The three most prominent colors in the book are green, white, and yellow -- the colors of a daisy.

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** The three most prominent colors in the book are green, white, and yellow -- the yellow--the colors of a daisy.



--> He saw me looking with admiration at his car.\\

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--> He -->''He saw me looking with admiration at his car.\\



I'd seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns. Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory we started to town.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: With Gatsby's passion and determination, he could have just as easily made his money through legal means, and if he could have just let Daisy go [[spoiler: he would have been alive long enough to enjoy his success.]]

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I'd seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns. Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory we started to town.
town.''
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: With Gatsby's passion and determination, he could have just as easily made his money through legal means, and if he could have just let Daisy go [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he would have been alive long enough to enjoy his success.]]success]].



--> "[[IdleRich After that I lived like a young rajah]] [[SceneryPorn in all the capitals of Europe -- Paris, Venice, Rome]] [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry -- collecting jewels, chiefly rubies]], [[GreatWhiteHunter hunting big game]], [[GentlemanAndAScholar painting a little, things for myself only]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast and trying to forget something very sad that had happened to me long ago]]."\\
With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. [[ClicheStorm The very phrases were worn so threadbare]] that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore as he pursued a tiger through the Bois de Boulogne... My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.

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--> "[[IdleRich After -->''[[IdleRich "After that I lived like a young rajah]] [[SceneryPorn in all the capitals of Europe -- Paris, Europe--Paris, Venice, Rome]] [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry -- collecting Rome]][[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry --collecting jewels, chiefly rubies]], rubies,]] [[GreatWhiteHunter hunting big game]], game,]] [[GentlemanAndAScholar painting a little, things for myself only]], only,]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast and trying to forget something very sad that had happened to me long ago]]."\\
ago."]]\\
With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. [[ClicheStorm The very phrases were worn so threadbare]] that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore as he pursued a tiger through the Bois de Boulogne... My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.''



--> Then it was all true.

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--> Then -->''Then it was all true.''



** Followed by the cool weather the day afterwards, representing the end of Gatsby and Daisy's affair. What's more Gatsby remains in complete denial of both -- he insists on swimming in his pool despite the cool weather, just as he insists that Daisy will come to him even though it's painfully obvious to Nick (and the reader) that she will not.

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** Followed by the cool weather the day afterwards, representing the end of Gatsby and Daisy's affair. What's more Gatsby remains in complete denial of both -- he both--he insists on swimming in his pool despite the cool weather, just as he insists that Daisy will come to him even though it's painfully obvious to Nick (and the reader) that she will not.



** The other (minor) car crash mentioned -- Tom Buchanan was involved in a car accident... with a chambermaid in the passenger seat. These incidents tend to reveal adultery, don't they?

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** The other (minor) car crash mentioned -- Tom mentioned--Tom Buchanan was involved in a car accident... with a chambermaid in the passenger seat. These incidents tend to reveal adultery, don't they?



--> ''"I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out... Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next [[UpToEleven they'll throw everything overboard and]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain have intermarriage between black and white."]]''
--> Flushed with his impassioned gibberish he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.

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--> ''"I -->''"I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that's the idea you can count me out... Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next [[UpToEleven they'll throw everything overboard and]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain have intermarriage between black and white."]]''
-->
"]]\\
Flushed with his impassioned gibberish he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.''



-->"The master's body!" the butler roared into the telephone. "I'm sorry madam but we cannot furnish it. It's too hot to touch this noon!"\\
What he really said was, "Yes... yes... all right."

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-->"The -->''"The master's body!" the butler roared into the telephone. "I'm sorry madam but we cannot furnish it. It's too hot to touch this noon!"\\
What he really said was, "Yes... yes... all right.""''



* KissingCousins: Daisy gives off this vibe towards Nick early in the novel. It's worth noting that this is a case not based from attraction or sexual desire. People like Nick -- in his late twenties without a wife or girlfriend to speak of -- were often MistakenForGay in those days. On the absence of a significant other, he kissed Daisy in order to duck any gossip that might be spread about him (considering they are at a party). None of the partygoers would be savvy about Nick's relation to Daisy.

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* KissingCousins: Daisy gives off this vibe towards Nick early in the novel. It's worth noting that this is a case not based from attraction or sexual desire. People like Nick -- in Nick--in his late twenties without a wife or girlfriend to speak of -- were of--were often MistakenForGay in those days. On the absence of a significant other, he kissed Daisy in order to duck any gossip that might be spread about him (considering they are at a party). None of the partygoers would be savvy about Nick's relation to Daisy.



* LoveMartyr: ''Everything'' Gatsby did to raise and spend his ill-gotten money was to capture Daisy's heart. He idealizes her to the extent that he's willing to [[spoiler: take a manslaughter rap]] for her. However, this doesn't excuse that Gatsby ''never'' would have been happy, for he expected too much from Daisy, wanting (and in the infamous confrontation scene, ''forcing'') her to be the perfect memory he obsessed over.

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* LoveMartyr: ''Everything'' Gatsby did to raise and spend his ill-gotten money was to capture Daisy's heart. He idealizes her to the extent that he's willing to [[spoiler: take [[spoiler:take a manslaughter rap]] for her. However, this doesn't excuse that Gatsby ''never'' would have been happy, for he expected too much from Daisy, wanting (and in the infamous confrontation scene, ''forcing'') her to be the perfect memory he obsessed over.



** Daisy Fay. "Fay" has rather [[TheFairFolk unpleasant connotations.]] Also, her daughter's name, Pamela, not only refers to a very sentimental and idealistic novel by Samuel Richardson, but refers to Daisy herself - it means "honey." And then there's Gatsby himself; "Gat" is a slang term for a gun...

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** Daisy Fay. "Fay" has rather [[TheFairFolk unpleasant connotations.]] Also, her daughter's name, Pamela, not only refers to a very sentimental and idealistic novel by Samuel Richardson, but refers to Daisy herself - it herself--it means "honey.literally "all honey." And then there's Gatsby himself; "Gat" is a slang term for a gun...



* MockMillionaire: Played with-- Gatsby truly is a millionaire because of his criminal activities, but he [[NouveauRiche lacks the education of the rich culture]] (he thinks San Francisco is a Midwestern city, and he really doesn’t get the subtle clues that show that he is not invited to a party). He displays ConspicuousConsumption with his CoolCar and UnlimitedWardrobe ("such beautiful shirts"), drops casual references to [[SceneryPorn Exotic Places]] (Montenegro and Oxford) in his MultipleChoicePast and holds parties with TheBeautifulElite in his BigFancyHouse. [[YouWereTryingTooHard The sheer excess of it]] convinces everyone that he must be a MockMillionaire.

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* MockMillionaire: Played with-- Gatsby with--Gatsby truly is a millionaire because of his criminal activities, but he [[NouveauRiche lacks the education of the rich culture]] (he thinks San Francisco is a Midwestern city, and he really doesn’t get the subtle clues that show that he is not invited to a party). He displays ConspicuousConsumption with his CoolCar and UnlimitedWardrobe ("such beautiful shirts"), drops casual references to [[SceneryPorn Exotic Places]] (Montenegro and Oxford) in his MultipleChoicePast and holds parties with TheBeautifulElite in his BigFancyHouse. [[YouWereTryingTooHard The sheer excess of it]] convinces everyone that he must be a MockMillionaire.



* NoHonorAmongThieves: [[spoiler: Meyer Wolfsheim refuses to turn up to Gatsby's funeral for fear of being linked to his murder, despite them both being close gangsters.]]

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: [[spoiler: Meyer [[spoiler:Meyer Wolfsheim refuses to turn up to Gatsby's funeral for fear of being linked to his murder, despite them both being close gangsters.]]



--> "The poor son-of-a-bitch," he said.

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--> "The -->''"The poor son-of-a-bitch," he said.''



* RuleOfSymbolism: Most famously -- and unsubtly -- "the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg" on an abandoned billboard along the highway the characters all travel. The eyes of God! And the green light is the American Dream! And... and the ashfields represent the gaps between humanity and the evil of consumerism! [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory And hell!]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Most famously -- and unsubtly -- "the famously--and unsubtly--"the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg" on an abandoned billboard along the highway the characters all travel. The eyes of God! And the green light is the American Dream! And... and the ashfields represent the gaps between humanity and the evil of consumerism! [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory And hell!]]



* SettingUpdate: ''Cena Trimalchionis'' recycled IN ROARING-TWENTIES NEW YORK! F. Scott Fitzgerald even intended to call the book ''Trimalchio in West Egg'' until he was persuaded that his readers [[GeniusBonus wouldn't get it.]]

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* SettingUpdate: ''Cena Trimalchionis'' recycled IN ROARING-TWENTIES NEW YORK! F. Scott Fitzgerald even intended to call the book ''Trimalchio in West Egg'' until he was persuaded that his readers [[GeniusBonus wouldn't get it.]]it]].



* ShipperOnDeck: Daisy and Tom for Nick and Jordan.

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* ShipperOnDeck: ShipperOnDeck[=/=]TheMatchmaker: Daisy and Tom for Nick and Jordan.



* SocialClimber: Gatsby is an Idealist version, despite [[MultipleChoicePast several rumors to the contrary]]. [[spoiler: He was born to dirt-poor farmers in the Midwest who left to seek his fortune, and used the money he inherited from an old man who grew to love him like a son to start living the high life.]] In keeping with the Idealist version, he genuinely seems to believe that millionaires are {{Gentleman Adventurer}}s and the like, and thinks that flaunting his wealth will win him Daisy's heart. He also falls under the Idealist category because [[spoiler:he's already gotten his hands dirty, and actually gains much of his fortune selling drugs.]]

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* SocialClimber: Gatsby is an Idealist version, despite [[MultipleChoicePast several rumors to the contrary]]. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He was born to dirt-poor farmers in the Midwest who left to seek his fortune, and used the money he inherited from an old man who grew to love him like a son to start living the high life.]] In keeping with the Idealist version, he genuinely seems to believe that millionaires are {{Gentleman Adventurer}}s and the like, and thinks that flaunting his wealth will win him Daisy's heart. He also falls under the Idealist category because [[spoiler:he's already gotten his hands dirty, and actually gains much of his fortune selling drugs.]]



* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Ewing Klipspringer. He eventually does when [[spoiler: Gatsby dies]].
** Foreshadowed by "Blocks" Biloxy, who fainted at Daisy's wedding. They carried him into Jordan's house, and he stayed three weeks, until Jordan's dad told him he had to get out. [[spoiler: Next day, Mr. Baker died. "It wasn't related."]]

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* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Ewing Klipspringer. He eventually does when [[spoiler: Gatsby [[spoiler:Gatsby dies]].
** Foreshadowed by "Blocks" Biloxy, who fainted at Daisy's wedding. They carried him into Jordan's house, and he stayed three weeks, until Jordan's dad told him he had to get out. [[spoiler: Next [[spoiler:Next day, Mr. Baker died. "It wasn't related."]]



-->"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."\\
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"\\

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-->"I -->'''Nick:''' I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You her. You can't repeat the past."\\
"Can't
\\
'''Gatsby:''' Can't
repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why past? Why of course you can!"\\can!\\



--> He smiled understandingly -- much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced -- or seemed to face -- the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.

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--> He -->''He smiled understandingly -- much understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced -- or faced--or seemed to face -- the face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.''



-->Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest men I have ever known.

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-->Everyone -->''Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest men I have ever known.''



-->''[[ContemplateOurNavels And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world]], I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. [[WrongGenreSavvy He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it]]. He did not know that [[TragicDream it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.]]''
-->''Gatsby believed [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream in the green light, the orgastic future]] [[YankTheDogsChain that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then]], [[ScrewDestiny but that’s no matter]] [[HopeSpot — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning ——]]''
-->''[[YouCantFightFate So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.]]''

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-->''[[ContemplateOurNavels And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world]], I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. [[WrongGenreSavvy He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it]]. He did not know that [[TragicDream it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.]]''
-->''Gatsby
]]\\
Gatsby
believed [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream in the green light, the orgastic future]] [[YankTheDogsChain that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then]], [[ScrewDestiny but that’s no matter]] [[HopeSpot — matter]]--[[HopeSpot to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . farther... And one fine morning ——]]''
-->''[[YouCantFightFate
morning--]]\\
[[YouCantFightFate
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.]]''
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The novel opens with Nick Carraway, 'Middle Westerner', FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator and self-professed honest man. Feeling the need to make his mark on the world, Nick moves to Long Island, New York to get into business. He takes a house just across the bay from the upper crust, including his flighty cousin Daisy and her new husband, ex-college jock Tom Buchanan.

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The novel opens with Nick Carraway, 'Middle Westerner', "Middle Westerner", FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator and self-professed honest man. Feeling the need to make his mark on the world, Nick moves to Long Island, New York to get into business. He takes a house just across the bay from the upper crust, including his flighty cousin Daisy and her new husband, ex-college jock Tom Buchanan.



--> [[EncyclopediaExposita Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;]]
--> [[DoggedNiceGuy If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,]]
--> [[ForeShadowing Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,]]
--> [[LovingAShadow I must have you!”]]

--> [[RecursiveCanon Thomas Parke D'Invilliers]]

--> ''In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.''
--> ''“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”]]''

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--> [[EncyclopediaExposita -->[[EncyclopediaExposita Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;]]
-->
her;]]\\
[[DoggedNiceGuy If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,]]
-->
too,]]\\
[[ForeShadowing Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,]]
-->
lover,]]\\
[[LovingAShadow I must have you!”]]

-->
you!”]]
-->--
[[RecursiveCanon Thomas Parke D'Invilliers]]

--> ''In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.''
--> ''“Whenever
\\
“Whenever
you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”]]''



--> He saw me looking with admiration at his car.
--> "It's pretty, isn't it, old sport." He jumped off to give me a better view. "Haven't you ever seen it before?"
--> I'd seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns. Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory we started to town.

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--> He saw me looking with admiration at his car.
-->
car.\\
"It's pretty, isn't it, old sport." He jumped off to give me a better view. "Haven't you ever seen it before?"
-->
before?"\\
I'd seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel, swollen here and there in its monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and supper-boxes and tool-boxes, and terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns. Sitting down behind many layers of glass in a sort of green leather conservatory we started to town.



--> "[[IdleRich After that I lived like a young rajah]] [[SceneryPorn in all the capitals of Europe -- Paris, Venice, Rome]] [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry -- collecting jewels, chiefly rubies]], [[GreatWhiteHunter hunting big game]], [[GentlemanAndAScholar painting a little, things for myself only]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast and trying to forget something very sad that had happened to me long ago]]."
--> With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. [[ClicheStorm The very phrases were worn so threadbare]] that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore as he pursued a tiger through the Bois de Boulogne... My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.

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--> "[[IdleRich After that I lived like a young rajah]] [[SceneryPorn in all the capitals of Europe -- Paris, Venice, Rome]] [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry -- collecting jewels, chiefly rubies]], [[GreatWhiteHunter hunting big game]], [[GentlemanAndAScholar painting a little, things for myself only]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast and trying to forget something very sad that had happened to me long ago]]."
-->
"\\
With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. [[ClicheStorm The very phrases were worn so threadbare]] that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore as he pursued a tiger through the Bois de Boulogne... My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.



'''Nick:''' The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath and there's a persistent wail all night across the North Shore.
--->'''Daisy:''' I'll tell you a family secret. It's about the butler's nose. Do you want to hear about the butler's nose?\\

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'''Nick:''' The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath and there's a persistent wail all night across the North Shore.
--->'''Daisy:'''
Shore.\\
'''Daisy:'''
I'll tell you a family secret. It's about the butler's nose. Do you want to hear about the butler's nose?\\
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