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An Explication of Passages in the ‘‘Great Gatsby’’ (Essay Sample)

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The reader already read the book the great Gatsby, no intro directly into the paragraphs

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An Explication of Passages in the ‘‘Great Gatsby’’ by Scott Fitzgerald
‘‘Before I could reply that he [Gatsby] was my neighbour dinner was announced; wedging his tense arm imperatively undermine Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square. Slenderly, languidly, their hands set lightly on their hips the two young women preceded us out onto a rosy-coloured porch open toward the sunset where four candles flickered on the table in the diminished wind.
"Why CANDLES?" objected Daisy, frowning. She snapped them out with her fingers. "In two weeks it'll be the longest day in the year." She looked at us all radiantly. "Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it." "We ought to plan something," yawned Miss Baker, sitting down at the table as if she were getting into bed. "All right," said Daisy. "What'll we plan?" She turned to me helplessly. "What do people plan?"
Before I could answer her eyes fastened with an awed expression on her little finger.
"Look!" she complained. "I hurt it."
We all looked--the knuckle was black and blue.
"You did it, Tom," she said accusingly. "I know you didn't mean to, but you DID do it. That's
what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen of a----"
"I hate that word hulking," objected Tom crossly, "even in kidding."
"Hulking," insisted Daisy.''
Fitzgerald portrays the irony in the life that Nick finds when he gets to New York, which is a stark contrast from the life he has been living in Minnesota. A Yale graduate who migrates from his hometown in Minnesota, where his family has lived their entire lives, to head to New York and start a new life. He has recently returned from military service in World War I, an experience that left him feeling restless in the dull Midwest. Migrating to the East specifically New York was a very common thing in that era,the 1920s boom was the lighter of the American Dream. Nick, like many young people in the 1920s, chose to abandon their roots and declined going west to start a life, instead chose to go east for the chance at fortune. His life, however, is a contradiction, Nick describes himself as tolerant and nonjudgmental, he also views himself as morally privileged, having a better sense of “decencies” than most other people. His reaction to living in New York is generally negative.
However, of great importance is how these relationships can be destroyed and suspicion planted from our actions as well as bad behaviors. The theme of love and relationships comes out in this-this first chapter. Nick makes several observations into Tom and Daisy’s dysfunctional marriage. First, it is an open secret that Tom is having an affair so indiscreet that everyone including Jordan knows about it. The other observation is that Daisy is miserable about Tom's cheating, but she will not leave him no matter how terrible it makes her feel. Nick discovers that Daisy's husband, Tom, is still the same aggressive and assertive person he has always been since their days in college. Tom is dressed in riding clothes at dinner. He is still a brute, and his wife Daisy confronts him about it at the table when he interrupts her, she says ‘‘that's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen.’’ He also comes out as an insecure individual. This is a representation of the ‘‘old money.’’ His outburst shows that old money is insecure about the emergence of new money, this makes old money ...

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